Golden Americans rule the summit
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As the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking shows, the Women's Olympic Football Tournament had two winners: the finalists. Three-time Olympic champions the USA stay top of the ranking despite their costly defeat to Norway in their opening match, while Brazil, who gained the most points, climb one place (3rd, up 1) at the expense of Sweden (4th, down 1), who were previously ranked below Marta, Cristiane and Co a year ago.

Brazil are now threatening to leapfrog world champions Germany, who are ranked almost 60 points behind the USA - the largest ever gap between the two long-term leaders. Australia are among those to make a slide down the latest ranking, falling two places (14th, down 2) as their victories in friendly matches were not enough to compensate for defeats to Japan and Korea DPR in the AFC Women's Asian Cup. By contrast, Turkey (64th, up 6) and Kazakhstan (59th, up 4) are among the biggest climbers.

The next FIFA Women's World Ranking will be published on 19 December 2008.