1. Russia has won the team event and swept both gold medals in synchronized swimming for the third consecutive Olympics.
2. When the Lakers take to the hardwood this coming season, the play and health of Kobe and Gasol are obviously going to be important to the Lakers' hopes for winning a third championship in a row.
3. The Chinese women's volleyball team realized their great ambition of winning the world championship three times in succession.
4. Gold in 110m hurdles at 2002 Busan Asian Games is the first one of Liu's three consecutive titles of Asian Games.
5. Phil Jackson returned from his brief retirement to lead the Lakers to three consecutive championships to open the decade, this time leaning on center Shaquille O'Neal.
6. Jackson will have a chance next year for the fourth three-peat of his career.
7. Undeterred, Ferreira again won the Portuguese championship, becoming the first coach to win three titles on the bounce.
8. By the time the champions resume their quest to win a hat-trick of titles at Portsmouth on March 3, they could well be 12 points behind Manchester United.
9. The Gunners remain only one of four clubs to have won the championship three years running.
10.The champion was gunning for a third win.
11.The victory made the former record holder become the first Chinese athlete to win an event in three straight Games.