Marta Bassino of Italy celebrates winning super-G gold in Courchevel Meribel ©Getty Images

Marta Bassino delivered Italy’s second gold of this year’s International Ski and Snowboard Federation Alpine Ski World Championships when she captured the super-G title in Courchevel Meribel.

The Italian pulled off a surprise victory as she powered down the course in 1min 28.06sec at the French resort.

American Mikael Shiffrin was the defending champion and race favourite but it was Bassino, a skier that had never won a super-G World Cup race, that came out on top.

Her victory comes just two days after fellow Italian Federica Brignone secured women’s Alpine combined gold.

Bassino is now a two-time world champion with her super-G title adding to her parallel slalom gold claimed two years ago.

"I’m so excited because it was really hard to watch all the girls after me because I lost a lot of time the first part but then I think I did really great in the last part," said Bassino.

"It’s still a little bit unbelievable."

Shiffrin put the disappointment of failing to finish the women's Alpine combined event behind her by claiming silver.

The double Olympic champion completed the course in 1:28.17 - just 0.11 off Bassino's winning time.

"That was the best run I could do on this track and I had one turn where coming on to the pitch I lost it all," said Shiffrin.

"This is a difficult track."

There were four skiers on the podium as Cornelia Hütter of Austria and Kajsa Vickhoff Lie of Norway both clocked 1:28.39 to seal bronze medals.