Cheick Sallah Cissé won the men's under 80kg event at the Grand Prix final ©World Taekwondo

Ivory Coast's Cheick Sallah Cissé delighted the home crowd to win a thrilling under 80 kilograms gold medal at his home World Taekwondo Grand Prix Final in Abidjan this evening.

The 24-year-old battled to victory against Russian opponent Maxim Khramtsov, the under 74kg world champion, in gruelling circumstances at the Palais de Sports de Treichville.

It came in a topsy-turvy encounter subject to a lengthy delay in the second round due to a problem with the electronic scoring system.

Cissé initially trailed before fighting back later in the round and moving further ahead in the third.

Khramtsov briefly drew level in the third before two spinning headkicks propelled the Ivorian to a 33-28 victory.

It came in a bout taking place in a raucous atmosphere as locals strove to catch a glimpse of one of the country's greatest athletes in action.

Nikita Rafalovich of Uzbekistan took bronze with a golden point victory after a 13-13 draw with Yassine Trabelsi of Tunisia.

Britain's world champion Bianca Walkden also completed a brilliant season in winning form by winning the women's over 67kg division.

Bianca Walkden capped a brilliant season with victory ©World Taekwondo
Bianca Walkden capped a brilliant season with victory ©World Taekwondo

Walkden beat the London 2012 Olympic champion Milica Mandić of Serbia 7-6 in the semi-final before a final victory over Da-Bin Lee of South Korea.

She triumphed 16-9 to complete an unprecedented clean sweep of Grand Prix successes this year.

In a battle of Olympic champions, Rio 2016 winner Shuyin Zheng of China beat Mandic 16-11 for bronze.

Panipak Wongpattanakit of Thailand won the women's under 49kg gold with a 25-11 win over South Korea's reigning Olympic champion Kim So-hui.

Thi Kim Tuyen Truong of Vietnam won the bronze after defeating Turkey’s Rukiye Yildirim, 27-17.

World champion Tae-hun Kim ensured South Korea did enjoy success when beating Iranian Farzan Ashourzadeh 14-2 in the men's under 58kg final. 

Spain’s Jesus Tortosa Cabrera thrashed Mikhail Artamonov of Russia 30-4 for bronze.