The Belgian had already upset the odds, beating world champion Iranian Behnam Asbaghikhanghah in the quarter-final by a dramatic golden point. Achab started explosively in the final, scoring an early headshot and taking a 7-1 lead, but the world number one reeled him in, striking the Belgian’s head to take the title by a single point.
“This Grand Prix is a very high level and it was very difficult to make it to the final,” said the 21-year-old Achab.
The final medal table was topped by Iran with two golds and two third-place finishes ahead of Spain’s two golds, while South Korea, Russia, Serbia and Germany all claimed one victory apiece as hosts Britain picked up two silvers.
“I was winning in the first round but he’s the world number one so it was not going to be so easy”.
“I’m not sure how much confidence this will give me, but I just work hard whatever happens and hopefully it’ll be enough to get to the Olympics”.
The star-studded field took a blow when European champion Servet Tazegul withdrew at the last minute, and 2013 Manchester champion Alexey Denisenko was beaten in the round of 16.
However, Lee suffered no such mishaps, beating compatriot Hun Kim, Portugal’s Mario Silva, and Denisenko’s conqueror Jiannan Huang in the semi-final to set up his clash with Achab.
Source: GB Taekwondo