Chinese swimmer Zhang Yufei is the only athlete to win six golds at Hangzhou 2022 ©Getty Images

Red-hot Zhang Yufei spearheaded China’s swimming sensations by securing her sixth title in the pool on a day where the hosts exceeded 100 gold medals across the sports at the Asian Games here.

The 25-year-old swimmer has been in phenomenal form this year, winning an astonishing nine golds at the International University Sports Federation Summer World University Games in Chengdu and has now made her mark at Hangzhou 2022.

She looks set to be a big medal hope for China at next year’s Olympics in Paris as she struck gold on six occasions in the Chinese city.

No one was able to stop her as she stormed clear of the field before triumphing in the women’s 50 metres butterfly final in an Asian Games record time of 25.10sec.

Zhang is now the only athlete to hold six golds at Hangzhou 2022 after succeeding in the women’s 50m freestyle, women’s 100m butterfly, women’s 200m butterfly, women’s 4x100m freestyle relay and mixed 4x100m freestyle relay events.

China finished the swimming competition with a whopping 58 medals including 28 out of the possible 41 golds with five each for Li Bingjie, Xu Jiayu and Qin Haiyang.

Qin completed a breaststroke hat-trick with his victory over 50m in 26.35 adding to his success over 100m and 200m.

Li cruised to the women’s 800m freestyle title in 8:20.01 as she also sealed a treble after her wins over 400m and 1,500m.

Xu Jiayu of China completed a hat-trick of backstroke titles with victory over 200m today ©Getty Images
Xu Jiayu of China completed a hat-trick of backstroke titles with victory over 200m today ©Getty Images

Xu maintained his dominance in the backstroke events, winning over 200m in 1:55.37 after finishing first in both 50m and 100m.

China had won the opening four swimming competitions before South Korea’s Kim Woo-min clocked 3:44.36 to see off the challenge of home favourite Pan Zhanle in the men's 400m freestyle final.

Japan’s Tomoru Honda broke the 13-year-old Asian Games record in the men’s 200m butterfly to win gold after finishing in 1:53.15 - almost one second quicker than compatriot Takeshi Matsuda managed at Guangzhou 2010.

Miki Takahashi, Reona Aoki, Ai Soma and Nagisa Ikemoto came from behind to seal women’s 4x100m medley relay gold for Japan in 3:57.67 in the last race of the day.

With nine days left of competition, China sit at the top of the standings with 200 medals - twice as many as second placed Japan have achieved - and today saw them surpass the 100-mark in golds.

China achieved three more titles on the final day of artistic gymnastics competition.

Zou Jingyuan got the first of those when he came out on top in the men’s parallel bars event before Zhang Jin won women’s floor gold and Zhang Boheng overcame compatriot Lin Chaopan to seal the men’s horizontal bar title.

 Varayut Jantarasena produces another acrobatic effort in Thailand's victory over Malaysia to win sepak takraw gold ©Getty Images
Varayut Jantarasena produces another acrobatic effort in Thailand's victory over Malaysia to win sepak takraw gold ©Getty Images

The other two titles were won by Japan with Wataru Tanigawa clinching men’s vault gold and Mana Okamura triumphing in the women’s balance beam final.

In tennis, Zheng Qinwen beat Zhu Lin 6-2, 6-4 in an all-Chinese women's singles final while Hsu Yu-hsiou and Jung Jason of Chinese Taipei overcame Saketh Myneni and Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-4, 6-4 to clinch the men's doubles title.

China also made a big impact on the first day of athletics competition, with Jun Zhang and Yang Jiayu claiming the respective men’s and women’s 20km race walk crowns.

Inside the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Centre Stadium, Wang Zheng threw 71.53 to win women’s hammer throw gold before Gong Lijiao registered a throw of 19.58m to clinch the women’s shot put crown.

The only athletics event China did not win today was the women’s 10,000m final as Violah Jepchumba of Bahrain posted a personal best time of 31:43.73 to seal top spot.

China struck twice in shooting courtesy of success in the women’s team 10m air pistol final and a victory for Du Linshu in the men’s 50m rifle 3 positions competition.

The shooting gold medals were shared between China and India as they captured the men’s team 50m rifle 3 positions crown before Palak overcame Esha Singh in an Indian one-two in the women’s 10m air pistol final.

China’s Zhou Yu secured men’s keirin gold but it was Japan’s day on the track, adding a further three cycling titles to their collection.

The Japanese team won men’s madison gold before Mina Sato clinched the women’s sprint title and Yumi Kajihara topped the men’s omnium podium.

There was drama at the end of the men’s triathlon event as the top three finishers all collapsed over the finish line and had to be taken away in wheelchairs.

Japan’s Kenji Nener was the first to cross the line, winning in 1:50:54 followed by compatriot Makoto Odakura in 1:51:49 and Kazakhstan’s Ayan Beisenbayev in 1:52:25.

The trio returned to collect their medals at the victory ceremony, with Nener and Odakura both needing assistance when making their way to the podium.

There were mixed results for Japan in fencing as they lost 45-42 in the battle for the women’s team sabre gold before edging Kazakhstan 36-35 to snatch the men’s team épée crown.

Thailand picked up two sepak takraw golds, beating South Korea 2-0 to be crowned women’s team regu champions and seeing off Malaysia 2-0 to claim the men’s team regu title.

Esports competition also continued with South Korea overcoming Chinese Taipei 2-0 to become the League of Legends winners.