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Canadian celebrate players celebrate a win against Brazil on Aug. 19, 2016.

PAULO WHITAKER/REUTERS

Canada has risen to fourth in the FIFA women's soccer ranking on the strength of its bronze-medal performance at the Rio Olympics.

The Canadian team gained 93 ranking points and moved up six spots after beating host Brazil 2-1 in the third-place match to claim Olympic bronze for a second straight Games.

This is the first time that Canada have ever been in the top five, surpassing their previous high of seventh.

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The United States retained top spot despite its quarter-final exit in Rio, followed by Olympic champion Germany and France.

Canada won five of its six matches at the Games, including a preliminary-round victory over Germany and a quarter-final win over France.

The 93-point gain set a record in the 13-year history of the ranking, surpassing the 87-point gain by Cameroon in July 2015 and the 80-point gain by Equatorial Guinea in December 2008.

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