Kazan Ryan Lochte wrote himself into the history books on Thursday while Katie Ledecky won her fourth gold at the world swimming championships to cap a great night for the United States.
Lochte`s victory in the 200m individual medley final saw him become the first swimmer to win four consecutive world championships gold in the event.
It`s something I`ll remember for the rest of my life, said Lochte.
He now has 16 gold medals at world championships dating back to 2005.
Australia`s Grant Hackett is the only other swimmer to have won four consecutive world titles in a single event, having achieved the feat in the 1,500m freestyle between 1998 and 2005.
It would have to be a toss up between this, it`s the coolest thing to make history in any sport, or 2011, when I broke the (200m IM) world record, said Lochte when asked if this was the best moment of his illustrious career.
Lochte revealed US swimstar Michael Phelps, who was sanctioned from taking part in Kazan, told him to take leadership of their country`s team via a pre-race text message.
The 31-year-old Lochte produced a commanding display to win his final and both butterfly expert Camille Adams and breaststroker Micah Lawrence said Lochtes victory had inspired them to finish second in their following races.