BEIJING: Hosts China took an early lead in the medals table on the opening day of the East Asian Games on Monday, winning 22 of the first 40 golds awarded. Chinese athletes triumphed in events including shooting disciplines, taekwondo contests, diving, weightlifting, and the men’s hammer at the quadrennial multi-sport event, being held in the northern port of Tianjin. China also had 13 silver and nine bronze medals by the end of Monday. Japan was in second place, with six golds, seven silvers and 12 bronzes, just ahead of South Korea on four golds, 11 silvers and 11 bronzes. Taiwan was in fourth, with four golds, three silvers, and four bronzes.