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Olympic hero, Ivory Coast's Cissé claims gold at WT Grand Prix FinalBianca Walkden wins all four 2017 Grand Prix events

Ivory Coast's Cheick Sallah Cissé, who won the Ivory Coast's first Olympic gold, claimed the under 80kg title at his home World Taekwondo Grand Prix Final.

Cissé won a thrilling men’s under 80kg gold medal at the World Taekwondo Grand Prix Final at the Palais des Sports arena in Abidjan on December 2.

Ivory Coast hero, Cheick Sallah Cissé(right) competes in the final round.

Cissé battled against Uzbekistan's Nikita Rafalovich and took first blood with a point lead, drawing cheering from the home crowd in the first semi-final round.

Nikita tried to counterattack, landing his kick to the head, but Cissé continued his lead to 6-3, directly succeeding his round kick to Nikita body. Cissé advanced to the final, doubling his lead until the end of the game, 18-11.

Cissé defeated Russia’s Maxim Khramtsov, a gold medalist at the 2017 World Taekwondo Championships in the final.

Cissé initially failed to take the lead in the 1st round 3-8 to the Russian, but he stabbed forward to add points and succeeded to turn the game, 16–12 in the 2nd round.

The Russian fighter briefly drew level in the third, but Cissé was fighting back, landing several kicks to the body and two for head kicks. Finally, Cissé won a 33-28 victory.

Britain's world champion Bianca Walkden also claimed a crown by winning all four Grand Prix events in this year.

Britain's world champion Bianca Walkden won all four 2017 Grand Prix events.

Walkden beat the London 2012 Olympic champion Milica Mandić of Serbia 7-6 in the semi-final before the final round.

Walkden’ defeated Da-Bin Lee of South Korea in the final.

In the 1st round, Walkden took her lead with her major skill, cut kicks. She was taken 7 points by Lee in the round 2 without her own score, but the British girl returned fire to add her points and triumphed a 16-9 victory.

Walkden completed an unprecedented clean sweep of Grand Prix successes, including a victory at the 2017 World Taekwondo Championships for the first time.

Panipak Wongpattanakit of Thailand won a gold medal in the women's under 49kg.

Panipak battled against a gold medalist of the 2017 World Taekwondo Championships Jae-young Sim at the golden point round in the quarter final, and she defeated Turkey’s Rukiye Yıldırım in the semi-final, 18-15.

Panipak met Olympic champion So-hui Kim in the final.

Panipak defended Kim’s pressure with her front kicks early in the game. Panipak grabbed several points with her front kicks, extending her lead to 14 -7, and she finally won a gold, 25–11.

World champion Tae-hun Kim defeated Spain's Jesus Tortosa Cabrera in the semi-final, 10-5, and he beat Iranian Farzan Ashourzadeh in the men's under 58kg final, 14-2.

several favourites, who had been seeded high number, failed to win in the quarter final, including No.1 Azerbaijan's Milad Beigi Harchegani(men’s -80kg), Mexico‘s Carlos Navarro(men’s -58kg), and Serbia‘s Tijana Bogdanovic(women’s -49kg).

Tae-hun Kim, who defeated his previous rival and won 2th Grand Pix titles, competes in the final.

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