SEOUL, South Korea — China won 9 of the first 11 gold medals in the 10th Asian Games Sunday, and Asian records were broken in four swimming races, three shooting events, a cycling competition and a weightlifting contest.
Japan scored the only break in the Chinese monopoly, winning two of the day's four golds in swimming.
The Chinese, defending champions in the Games medal standings and favored again, also set Asian records in three of the day's four shooting events, and Games records in the 100-kilometer team trial cycling and 52-kilogram class weightlifting.
Despite a day of rain, only the tennis competition was postponed.
China capped its opening day blitz with the golds by weightlifter He Zhuoqiang and by its world-class men's gymnastics team.
In weightlifting, He and Japan's Kazushito Manabe tied with totals of 247.5 kilograms (546 pounds), but the gold went to He because of his lighter body weight. The total broke the old Games mark of 235 kilos (518 pounds) set by North Korea's Han Gyong Si in 1978.
The Chinese gymnasts, led by Olympic gold medalist Li Ning, held off South Korea and beat the host team, 291.10 to 287.25.