China's Sun Yang reacts after winning the final of the men's 200m freestyle swimming event during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 19, 2018. / AFP / Martin BUREAU
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Swimmer Sun Yang led China to a clutch of gold medals Sunday as the regional heavyweights started the 2018 Asian Games where they left off in 2014 – on top of the medals table.In chaotic scenes Sun, 26, demanded a rerun of the ceremony when the pole carrying the national flags fell down as he was proudly singing the Chinese anthem.His victory capped a strong first-day performance by China, who dominated with 151 golds in 2014 and will aim to top the Olympic medals table in Tokyo in 2020 .China ended the first day with seven gold medals, ahead of Japan with three and South Korea on two.South Korea, who hosted the 2014 Games in Incheon, picked up two taekwondo gold medals in the men's individual and team poomsae.Vietnam's men's football team upset Japan 1-0 to finish top of Group D, while China beat UAE 2-1 to complete their Group C campaign with three wins out of three.
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