Austria's Vincent Kriechmayr celebrates his super-G win at the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup in Val Gardena ©Getty Images

Austria's Vincent Kriechmayr moved to the top of the International Ski Federation (FIS) Alpine Skiing World Cup standings, after claiming victory in a fog-affected super-G event in Val Gardena in Italy.

The seventh starter came down and beat early leader Mauro Caviezel of Switzerland, after the shortened race had been disrupted for 45 minutes due to fog lingering over the Saslong course.

The 28-year-old then had to wait close to three hours before the event was declared finished amid total darkness, owing to more fog.

He triumphed in a time of 1min 13.84sec, edging Norwegian rival Kjetil Jansrud by 0.05 seconds.

Rounding off the podium was Germany's Thomas Dressen, who was 0.22 seconds back.

Caviezel finished in fourth place.

Victory for Kriechmayr was the fifth of his World Cup career and third in super-G.

It was his third podium finish of the current season after finishing third in a super-G in Lake Louise and second in a downhill in Beaver Creek.

Kriechmayr has leapfrogged France's Alexis Pinturault, who did not enter today's event, at the top of the men's FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup standings.

He sits on 312 points to Pinturault's 264.

Austria's Matthias Mayer, the reigning Olympic champion who finished 11th today, is third with 257 points.

Kriechmayr also leads the super-G World Cup standings with 196 points.

Mayer is second with 184 points, while Norway's Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, the joint seventh-place finisher today, is third with 156.

Sixteen competitors were unable to participate today.

Action in Val Gardena concludes tomorrow with a downhill event.

The men's FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup is then scheduled to continue with a two-day event in Alta Badia in Italy on Sunday and Monday (December 22 and 23), made up of a giant slalom and parallel giant slalom.