France’s Tessa Worley has won the women's giant slalom event at the World Alpine Skiing Championships ©Getty Images

France’s Tessa Worley won her second gold medal of the International Ski Federation (FIS) World Alpine Skiing Championships in St Moritz as she claimed victory in today’s giant slalom.

Worley won in an overall time of 2min 05.55 secs after her two run times of 1:02.01 and 1:03.54.

Finishing 0.34 seconds behind Worley was American Mikaela Shiffrin, who took silver.

Italy’s Sofia Goggia claimed bronze, 0.74 seconds behind, in 2:06.29.

Today's gold was Worley's third individual career World Championship medal.

She was also a member of the French line-up which took team gold on Tuesday (February 14), bringing her total medal count to four.

"Incredible," said Worley after her victory.

"I worked hard all year and had to stay patient.

"But I knew today could be my day if I gave my best and I was focused completely on winning the gold."

With her second placed finish, FIS World Cup leader Shiffrin also earned her third individual World Championship medal, adding to her two golds from Beaver Creek in 2015.

Tessa Worley won in a time of 2:05.55 ©Getty Images
Tessa Worley won in a time of 2:05.55 ©Getty Images

Goggia's bronze was her first career World Championship medal and her country's first medal of any colour in St Moritz.

"It's a great way to end my World Championships," said Goggia.

"The speed events were really disappointing for me and I knew today was my last chance to come home with a medal."

The Italians broke their World Championship drought in convincing fashion today with three racers in the top six.

Ninety-eight skiers from 56 different nations competed today, which was a new record for the competition.

Action is set to continue tomorrow with the men's giant slalom.