Oxford's Andy Triggs Hodge says he needs to win another Olympic gold medal to be considered a good rower.

The 33-year-old bagged gold in the men’s four at Beijing in 2008.

But with Britain’s history in the sport, there is no way Triggs Hodge can rest on his laurels.

He and teammates Pete Reed, Tom James and Alex Gregory, who all have Oxfordshire connections, compete in the four again at London 2012 – with their heat on July 30.

“The challenge is still there,” Triggs Hodge said. “They say to get one gold medal is hard, but to get a second is even harder.

“I am definitely experiencing that at the moment. It is a trend in British rowing that if you want to be a good rower, one is not enough.

“If you ever want to make the most of your career and try to stand out, then unfortunately it is about multiple gold medals.

“It is a pity we can’t get more than one each Olympics, so we just have to stay in the sport for longer!”

The men’s four lost their last two races to Australia at the World Cup in Munich last month, but remain a hot tip for gold.

And Triggs Hodge says the whole British squad, which features 26 Oxfordshire rowers, should expect to do well.

“We have a very, very strong team at the moment,” he said.

“It is as close as we can get it to our Sydney performance when we got two golds and a fourth place.

“If we can come anywhere close to that, I think that will be a very good performance.

“For me, to lead that group home will be a big enough challenge.”

Having gained a rowing Blue at Oxford University in 2005, Triggs Hodge moved back to the city in 2010.

“I love the place a lot, “ he said. “I wouldn’t have moved back for no reason.

“It is a long, long way from Molesey (where he is club captain), but it 40 minutes down to Caversham, so it makes a lot of sense.

“Also my wife, Eeke, was able to get a job. She is a doctor at the John Radcliffe Hospital .

“I love it, it is a great place to live.”