Panipak Wongpattanakit, right, repeated her Grand Prix victory in Paris versus Merve Dincel ©Getty Images

Olympic champion Panipak Wongpattanakit returned to the top of the medal standing after overcoming the women's under-49-kilograms competition at the World Taekwondo Grand Prix in Manchester.

The Thai athlete defeated China's Qing Guo in the semi-final to meet Turkey's Merve Dincel, which was a repeat of the showdown in Paris in September.

Dincel was in fine form having just beaten Tokyo 2020 silver medallist Adrianna Cerezo Iglesias of Spain.

However, Wongpattanakit proved again she was the superior fighter at the Manchester Regional Arena.

Meanwhile, Tae-Joon Park shocked the men's under-58kg event as he achieved gold on his World Taekwondo Grand Prix debut.

Park entered the event as the winner of June's World Taekwondo Grand Prix Challenge, which sought to improve opportunities for lower-ranked and aspiring athletes.

There was no tougher ask than facing reigning Olympic champion Vito Dell'Aquila of Italy in the semi-final but the South Korean was more than up to the challenge.

Park's next opponent was nonother Tokyo 2020 silver medallist Mohammed Khalil Jendoubi, who had just defeated Jack Woolley of Ireland.

Both athletes took a round before the surprise challenger settled the fight in the final second of the third.

Athletes are competing for more than titles at the England-based competition, with ranking points available to boost their chances of reaching Paris 2024.

The World Taekwondo Grand Prix is due to continue tomorrow.