After just four days, China look untouchable at the top of the medal table, with 17 more golds than their closest rivals Japan ©Getty Images

China have continued their irrepressible march towards final medal table glory today by winning eight more golds at the Asian Games including two in each of the team gymnastics finals.

After four days of competition the Asian superpower are well ahead, with 38 golds, 30 silvers and 15 bronzes here at Jakarta Palembang 2018.

Japan are their closest rivals and have 20 golds, 23 silvers and 24 bronzes.

Perhaps the stand-out performances for the Chinese came in the gymnastics, where their men's team of Shudi Deng, Wei Sun, Ruoteng Xiiao, Jingyuan Zou and Chaopan Lin cruised to victory with a margin of 12 points.

To cement themselves as gold medallists they set the best score on four of the six apparatus.

They finished with the second-best mark on only the floor and rings, with overall defeat never looking likely.

Japan's team finished second with 248.550 points while South Korea finished third, another point further back.

The women's team then performed equally impressively to win with an eight point margin over North Korea in their final.

Yile Chen, Jinru Liu, Huan Luo, Jin Zhang and Tingting Liu set the best score on all but one apparatus, the vault.

China's women set the highest score on all but one apparatus in their final ©Getty Images
China's women set the highest score on all but one apparatus in their final ©Getty Images

South Korea set the best score on that, but they were outside the top three on all but the uneven bars, meaning they were never a threat.

Behind North Korea in second were Japan.

Another Chinese highlight came at the Gelora Bung Karno Istora, where their men's team saw off hosts Indonesia in an epic badminton final, 3-1.

At the Aquatics Centre the Chinese won only three of the eight gold medals on offer, however.

This was partly down to the arrival of Olympic 100 metres butterfly champion Joseph Schooling, who became the first athlete at these Games to win a swimming gold who is not from either China or Japan.

The man from Singapore won his favourite event, which was also the first swimming final of the evening, in a Games record time of 51.04sec.

China's first gold in the pool today came in the second final, the women's 200m freestyle.

In that Bingjie Li won her first individual gold medal of the Games, having already picked a team one up for the 4x200m freestyle relay.

Their next gold came in the women's 200m butterfly which was the fourth final of the night.

In that Yufei Zhang triumphed in 2min 6.61sec, marking the fifth time that China have won gold in the event at the Asian Games, while China's final swimming success of the day came in the mixed team 4x100m freestyle relay, which has been contested at these Games for the first time.

Singapore's Olympic champion Joseph Schooling set a new Games record in the 100m butterfly ©Getty Images
Singapore's Olympic champion Joseph Schooling set a new Games record in the 100m butterfly ©Getty Images

Japan had qualified quickest, but they were unable to stop their rivals in the final, meaning China took it in 3:40.45, which was a new Games record.

As has been the case on every day at the Games so far, the first finals contested were in wushu and today China won both.

First off, shortly after 9am local time, Zhouli Chen was victorious in the men's taijiquan and taijijian all-round event.

Chen entered the taijijian already in the lead, having won the tajiquan, and he built on that and secured victory.

His score of 9.76 this morning ensured it was him stood atop the podium at the end of the final.

Perhaps inspired by that performance, Xinyi Qi then entered the arena at the Jakarta International Expo Hall and won her own gold.

She came out on top in the changquan with a score of 9.74, 0.02 in front of Macau's Yi Li.

China were not the only nation to put in impressive performances today though, by any means.

In the men's hockey, India broke an 86-year-old national record by scoring a staggering 26 goals against Hong Kong without reply.

Hong Kong were under siege for the entire four quarters in the Pool A match, with the gulf in class clear for all to see.

India obliterated Hong Kong in the men's hockey 26-0 ©Getty Images
India obliterated Hong Kong in the men's hockey 26-0 ©Getty Images

Japan, meanwhile, won another eight golds, including in both the canoe slalom and kayak slalom events.

In the women's single kayak slalom, Aki Yazawa became the first Japanese woman to win gold in either the canoe or kayak events at the Asian Games.

Takuya Haneda won the men's single canoe slalom for the third time in a row, becoming the first canoe paddler to do so.

India continued their success at the Jakabaring Sport City Shooting Range in Palembang, where Rahi Jeevan Sarnobat won the women's 25m pistol final in a shoot-off, after both her and Thailand's Naphaswan Yangpaiboon ended the initial competition on 34 points.

Her win follows that of her 16-year-old compatriot Saurabh Chaudharyin in the men's 10m air pistol final yesterday.

Afterwards, India's coach Munkhbayar Dorsujem said Sarnobat had been "mentally strong".

Hosts Indonesia picked up their sixth gold of the Games in the men's team accuracy paragliding final ahead of South Korea and Thailand, while North Korea won another weightlifting gold in the only final today in that sport, the men's 69 kilogram class.

Wrestling was another of the sports in which medals were won today, and Iran picked up two of the four on offer thanks to Geraei Mohammadali and Akzhol Makhmudov.

Tomorrow will see medals won across 14 different sports including rowing and sport climbing, in which the first finals will take place.