HONG KONG (AFP) China and Japan once again shared the spoils in the swimming pool while South Korea dominated the taekwondo at the fifth East Asian Games in a soggy Hong Kong on Monday. After the sixth day of action in Hong Kong, China were as widely anticipated out in front at the top of the medals table with a haul of 24 golds, followed by Japan in second with 18 and South Korea third with 13. The Koreans grabbed five of the six gold medals in the taekwondo earlier in the day to leapfrog Japan into second in the medals table, only for the Japanese to surge ahead later after another successful night in the pool. Eight golds were up for grabs on the second day of the swimming, but just as on the previous day there were only two teams in it, with Japan and China taking home four golds each. They smashed Games records in the process, but were far off breaking any world records. Yoshihiro Okumura got the action underway, grabbing gold and setting a new Games record in the mens 200m freestyle with a time of 1min 46.37secs, more than four seconds off a world record. Im really happy to win today because the Asian swimmers are becoming better and better and I can take a lot of confidence from winning this race, said Okumura. Beijing Olympics silver medallist Zhang Lin, of China, was a disappointing third. Another Japanese, Ryosuke Irie, had been tipped as one of those who might go after a new world mark in the mens 200m backstroke, but though he took gold with ease his time fell well short of the world record. China rounded off the pool session by touching home first in the womens 4x200m freestyle relay. There has been concern locally that the Games, which comprise 22 sports, had failed to spark the interest of the Hong Kong public. But there was a glowing tribute from International Olympic Committee (IOC) chief Jacques Rogge, who hailed Saturdays opening ceremony as absolutely smashing and brilliant in a statement issued by the Hong Kong government. The spectacular opening ceremony, featuring fireworks on the waterfront of the southern Chinese citys world-famous Victoria Harbour, was a departure from usual Games openings in that it did not take place in a stadium. Although the event, which features nine teams, officially kicked off on Saturday, some sports have been going since Wednesday. Hong Kong authorities are promoting it as the first international multi-sports event to ever take place in the city and are hoping for a success this time around to boost their chances of hosting the Asian Games in future. The opening ceremony was very good, Vincent Liu, the deputy secretary for home affairs, told a press conference Monday. The closing ceremony will be equally great. The Games, which take place every four years, finish on December 13 and also include the hosts, Macau, Taiwan, North Korea, Mongolia and Guam.