Xu Haijiao won two gold medals one the first day of competition at the 2022 Asian Para Games in Hangzhou ©Getty Images

Host nation China have made a blistering start to the 2022 Asian Para Games in Hangzhou as they won 31 of 72 gold medals on the first day of competition.

Swimmer Xu Haijiao led the charge for the Chinese as she took two victories to make her the country's only multiple gold medallist in an event re-arranged from last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Firstly, the Opening Ceremony Torchbearer won the men's S8 400 metres freestyle final with a time of 4min 31.31sec at the HOC Aquatic Sports Centre.

The performance some way off his Asian Record of 4:25.65 but still enough to lead a Chinese podium sweep.

Xu was joined in the top three by Yang Guanglong and Wu Hongliang who were 8.43 and 8.93 seconds off the pace, respectively.

He struck gold once again with success in the men's S8 200m individual medley.

His time of 2:21.71 put him top of another Chinese medal monopoly as Yang won a second silver and Liu Fengqi got bronze as they finished the race in 2:25.18 and 2:31.22.

Iran are second in the medals table after day one as they sit on nine gold medals, while Uzbekistan's six sees them occupy third place.

Iran also had a double gold medallist from the pool as Sina Zeyghaminejad won both the men's S10 50m freestyle and men's 100m breaststroke.

China's Xie Maosan claimed the first gold medal of the Games in the morning as she triumphed in the women's KL1 canoe final.

She finished after 55.478 at the Fuyang Water Sports Centre to beat Japan's Monika Seryu by 12.324.

Sara Abdolmaleki of Iran then made up the podium in 1:13.594.

Competition is set to continue in Hangzhou tomorrow with gold medals set to be won in athletics, canoeing, track cycling, bowls, powerlifting, shooting, swimming, taekwondo, and wheelchair fencing.