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Even in loss, Vivianne Miedema was Olympics’ best player

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Vivianne Miedema had herself a sensational Tokyo Games.

The Dutch striker shattered Christine Sinclair’s six-goal single-Olympics scoring record, netting ten goals in the Netherlands’ four games. Sinclair, the Canadian forward, previously set the record at the London Olympics in 2012.

Even in her team’s heartbreaking quarterfinal loss to the United States, Miedema soared.

Despite the United States’ best efforts to contain the Dutch forward, Miedema scored two goals against the world’s top-ranked team. Her opening-half go-ahead goal was particularly impressive, as it came after only a handful of touches on the ball.

Miedema’s missed penalty kick against the USWNT was her only blemish of the tournament and served as a particularly cruel end to an astounding Olympics.

Even with the PK miss, Miedema averaged a goal every 29 minutes on the pitch in Tokyo, propelling her to the top of the Olympic golden boot race.

After her record-breaking performance in Tokyo, Miedema has officially solidified her place as one of the top strikers in the world at just 25 years old.