A 21-year-old Zambian breakout star scored back-to-back hat tricks, tying the Olympics goal record in just 2 games

A 21-year-old Zambian breakout star scored back-to-back hat tricks, tying the Olympics goal record in just 2 games
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Barbra Banda of Zambia.
Barbra Banda of Zambia. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
  • The Tokyo Olympics women's soccer tournament is underway.

  • Zambia's Barbra Banda has been the surprise breakout star two games into the action.

  • The 21-year-old striker has scored back-to-back hat tricks, already tying the Olympic goal record.

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Zambia is home to the surprise breakout star of the women's soccer tournament at this year's Olympics.

Barbra Banda - a 21-year-old striker who plays club soccer in China - has taken Tokyo by storm with two hat tricks in as many games, becoming the first player - man or woman - to score three goals in back-to-back contests at the games.

With the explosive start at her first Olympics, Banda also became the first woman to score three goals in two games within one Olympics Games and tied the Olympic record for most in a single tournament.

Barbra Banda.
Barbra Banda (left) competes against China. AP Photo/Andre Penner

Banda's outpouring of goals was all the more impressive considering the opponents her Zambia squad faced. She made her Olympics debut against the Netherlands - the fourth-ranked national team in the world and the runners-up at the 2019 World Cup. Though Zambia-Netherlands was a lopsided affair on the whole - with the Netherlands taking a 10-3 victory after 95 minutes - Banda exploded for all of her team's goals.

She also managed to find the back of the net in back-to-back minutes. Check out the highlights below:

The 5-foot star kept her foot on the gas against China - the world's 15th-ranked team - just three days after her standout performance vs. the Dutch. She scored on a 43rd-minute penalty kick, a left-footed strike into the right corner of the net three minutes later, and a 69th-minute screamer from outside of the 18-yard box.

Banda's three-goal effort helped lead Zambia to a surprise 4-4 draw against China.

Barbra Banda.
Zambia's Barbra Banda (left) leaps over the Netherlands' goalkeeper. AP Photo/Andre Penner

She'll have a chance to help Zambia to another surprise result - and try to notch an unfathomable third hat trick in a three-game span - against Marta, Debinha, and a high-performing Team Brazil on Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. ET.

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