Nathan Adrian

Americans rolling in medal-count standings at Rio Olympics

The medal race at the Rio Olympics will likely remain close going into the final weekend.

For second place, that is.

The U.S. — which has left the last five Summer Games with more medals than any other country — is about to make it six in a row, and the Americans seem like they'll do so emphatically. Through Tuesday, the U.S. had 84 medals, 33 more than China and 34 more than Britain.

Take away the games that dealt with boycotts in 1980 and 1984, and the Americans are on pace for the biggest medal-count romp since outdistancing Sweden by 40 medals at the 1948 London Games. Incidentally, the all-time medal-count-margin record is way out of reach, that being...