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Published: 12:35, August 03, 2021 | Updated: 17:55, August 03, 2021
Golden moments
By Shi Futian
Published:12:35, August 03, 2021 Updated:17:55, August 03, 2021 By Shi Futian

China's Shi Tingmao competes to win the women's 3m springboard diving final event during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo on Aug 1, 2021. (OLI SCARFF / AFP)

It's so far, so great for Team China at the Tokyo Olympics.

Chinese shooter Yang Qian won the first gold medal of the Games, in women's 10-meter air rifle on July 24

On Monday, 21-year-old shooter Zhang Changhong's victory in the men's 50-meter rifle 3 positions-secured with a world-record score-took China's gold-medal total to 27, topping the gold-medal standings ahead of the United States and Japan.

With six days to go before Tokyo 2020 closes, China has already surpassed the 26 golds it won at the Rio 2016 Games, where the nation brought home 70 medals in total behind table-topper the US and Britain.

China's Gong Lijiao competes in the women's shot put final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on Aug 1, 2021. (BEN STANSALL / AFP)

"At Tokyo 2020, Chinese athletes have shown the Olympic spirit. They dare to challenge their limits and surpass themselves. They have displayed outstanding skills and great fighting spirit," read a Team China statement on Monday.

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Chinese fencer Sun Yiwen can't contain her joy after defeating Ana Maria Popescu of Romania to win the women's epee individual gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics on July 24, 2021. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

"The Chinese athletes respect the rules, referees and their rivals. They win without arrogance, and lose with grace. They have showcased the positive and proactive side of the nation's younger generation."

Chinese shooter Yang Qian won the first gold medal of the Games, in women's 10-meter air rifle on July 24.

China's Zhang Yufei powers down her lane en route to claiming Olympic gold in the women's 200m butterfly final at Tokyo Aquatics Center on July 29, 2021. (PHOTO / AFP)

That proved to be a sign of things to come, with China raking in medals in its traditionally strong sports such as diving, weightlifting and table tennis, as well as exceeding expectations in the likes of badminton, rowing, fencing and sailing.

Swimmer Zhang Yufei has emerged as a major star in the pool, bagging two golds and two silvers, to help boost the medal count.

Here we take a look at some of Team China's most glorious moments in Tokyo so far...

The Chinese women's basketball team celebrates its Group C triumph over Australia during the Tokyo Olympics at Saitama Super Arena on July 30, 2021. (PHOTO / AFP)

(Left to right) China's Chen Yunxia, China's Zhang Ling, China's Lyu Yang and China's Cui Xiaotong compete in the women's quadruple sculls rowing heats during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo on July 23, 2021. (LUIS ACOSTA / AFP)

Ma Long savors victory over Chinese table tennis teammate Fan Zhendong to retain his Olympic men's singles title at the Tokyo Games on July 30. (PHOTO / AFP)

China's Lyu Xiaojun competes in the men's 81kg weightlifting competition during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo International Forum in Tokyo on July 31, 2021. (LUIS ACOSTA / AFP)

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