James Thompson
Personal information
NationalitySouth African
Born (1986-11-18) 18 November 1986 (age 35)
Cape Town, South Africa
Medal record

James Thompson (born 18 November 1986) is a South African rower. He attended school at St. Andrew's College, Grahamstown.[1] He joined the Tuks rowing club and received a Sport Sciences degree from the University of Pretoria.[1] Thompson won a gold medal in the Men's lightweight coxless four event at the 2012 Summer Olympics, with teammates John Smith, Matthew Brittain, and Sizwe Ndlovu.[2][3]

Thompson retired as a professional rower on 4 February 2017 after competing at the Rock the Boat regatta at Roodeplaat Dam.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Hpc athletes bring home 3 Olympic medals, High performance centre, University of Pretoria". Archived from the original on 25 October 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  2. ^ "James Thompson Olympic Results". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  3. ^ "James Thompson". London 2012. Archived from the original on 27 August 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  4. ^ de Villiers, Ockert (7 February 2017). "Thompson's got the full house, retires". iol.co.za. Retrieved 8 February 2017.