MOSCOW -- Canadian Kay Thomson, 17, won the Moscow International figure skating tournament Friday, the Tass news agency reported.
Thomson, who picked up a silver medal in the world junior championships, edged Soviet champion Kira Ivanova for the gold medal after a superb optional program.
Kerstin Wolf from East Germany was third.
Afterwards, Thomson said she hoped the victory over the strong Soviet competitors, led by Ivanova, improved her chances to represent Canada at next year's World Championships.
Ivanova led before the optional program.
Britain's Beverley Dempsey was the next highest-placed overseas competitor in eighth place, with Canada's Kathryn Osterberg finishing ninth.
Other foreign finishers were Hana Vesela, Czechoslovakia (10th); Maae Mima, Japan (12th); Barbara Knotkova, Czechoslovakia (13th); Simona Koch, East Germany (14th); Izumi Aotani, Japan (15th); Janna Bazuin, Holland (16th); Titiana Rosastini, Italy (17th); Tzvetkana Stefanova, Bulgaria (18th).