By Nick Butler at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Sports Park Rugby Field

A scrum in the thrilling Japan v Hong Kong showdownAugust 19 - Hong Kong's rugby sevens team provided one of the defining moments of the Asian Youth Games so far by defying several torrential downpours to beat bitter rivals Japan in a thrilling semi-final before maintaining their form to defeat Thailand in the final.

The Hong Kong team considered themselves unlucky to face the Japanese favourites - and a side that they have rarely ever beaten - in the semi-finals and they duly found themselves outclassed and 12-0 down at half-time.

However as chants echoed around the arena from an increasingly partisan crowd, which despite the weather included a vocal topless contingent, Hong Kong did what all champions do and found a way to fight back and win 19-12 in a game which epitomised the cliché "a game of two halves."

Thailand had been similarly strong in their semi-final as they outclassed Chinese Taipei but after suffering several injuries in that match they found an inspired Hong Kong too strong in a final that they lost 31-12.

Japan had already won the women's final by defeating host nation China.

Hong Kong supporters celebrating their epic comeback to beat JapanHong Kong supporters enjoying the rain - and the rugby - as their team defied the odds to win a memorable gold medal

While the Rugby Sevens produced one of the best atmospheres of the week the medal matches in table tennis were a slight anti-climax as both finals consisted of two Chinese players competing - albeit fiercely and sometimes brilliantly - in front of a crowd which was surprisingly small considering what a popular sport it is in these parts.

Gaoyang Liu beat Chaohui Zhu by four games to three in the women's singles before Zhendong Fan cruised home 4-1 over Jingkun Liang in the men's, with Liang's foul serve into the net on match point down epitomising a game which promised far more than it delivered.

In the pool a new heroine was born in South Korea's Jinyoung Park, who won the women's 200 metres butterfly before returning to win a second gold medal in the 4x100m freestyle relay, while Zheng Wen Quah of Singapore won the men's 200m butterfly.

South Korea also won two gold medals in judo but China continued to lead the way with seven titles, three of them coming in weightlifting and two each in athletics and fencing.

There was also first gold medals of the week for Saudi Arabia courtesy of Hussain Al Hizam in the pole vault and for Kazakhstan through Vladislav Mukhamediyev in the skeet shooting.

The womens 100m backstroke semi-final on day one in the poolSwimmers get underway in the semi-finals of the women's 100 metre backstroke

Elsewhere, Malaysian star Vanessa Raj Gnanasigamani won the women's squash after defeating yesterday's semi-final epic winner Pansy Pui Hei Chan of Hong Kong 3-1 in the final.

There was also a first title here for an Indian in Kush Kumar, albeit while competing as an independent athlete due to his country being banned  from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), in the men's singles.

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