Germany's Katrin Quooß finished top of the first round of the women's trap event as competition resumed at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup in Malta.
Quooß registered a score of 73 hits to ensure she heads into tomorrow's final round with a slender lead.
Finland's Satu Mäkelä-Nummela ended the day two adrift of the German at the newly-built National Shooting Ranges in Siggiewi.
Mäkelä-Nummela, who won the gold medal in the women's trap at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, is hoping to record a second consecutive triumph on the Shotgun World Cup circuit.
She arrived in Malta having topped the podium at the Shotgun World Cup in Changwon in April.
The 47-year-old is a further three in front of Russian Ekaterina Rabaya, who represented her country at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Spaniard Fatima Galvez was among the shooters who struggled today as she languished down in 25th.
Galvez claimed silver behind Mäkelä-Nummela in Changwon, due to host this year's World Championships, in April.
The gold medal will be decided following the conclusion of the second round tomorrow.
The event in Siggiewi is the first World Cup to be held in Malta.