Norwegian Jakob Ingebrigtsen, aged just 16, is among the star attractions for the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Oslo ©European Athletics

Organisers of tomorrow’s International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Diamond League meeting at the Bislett Stadium in Oslo have broken with long tradition by according a men’s under-20 race the status of Dream Mile in order to showcase the prodigious talent of home runner Jakob Ingebrigtsen.

At last month’s IAAF Diamond League meeting in Eugene in the United States, the 16-year-old Norwegian became the youngest runner to break four minutes for the mile as, in his first race at the distance, he clocked 3min 58.07sec.

Heading into the tomorrow night's meeting, which is also known as the Bislett Games, the teenager is in confident mood.

“I believe I can run even faster,” he told reporters here on Tuesday ahead of what will be the fifth Diamond League meeting of the season.

“I’ve been doing very well lately and I can run maybe even faster.”

While Ingebrigtsen prepares for his mile, his 24-year-old brother Filip will be readying himself for a concluding 1,500 metres that will contain the kind of names that would usually be involved in the Dream Mile.

Alongside the European 1,500m from last summer, taking the title four years after eldest brother Henrik did, the field includes Kenyans Silas Kiplagat and Elijah Manongoni, with respective personal bests of 3:27.64 and 3:29.67. 

Also in the hunt will be Ayanleh Souleiman of Djibouti, who has a best of 3:29.58, Morocco's Abdelati Iguider, Marcin Lewandowski of Poland and the Czech Republic’s Jakub Holusa.

Filip Ingebrigtsen will be racing in the men's 1,500m in front of a home crowd ©Getty Images
Filip Ingebrigtsen will be racing in the men's 1,500m in front of a home crowd ©Getty Images

Elsewhere on the programme, there are high hopes too that this meeting will witness its the first 2.40m high jump.

Meeting organiser Steinar Hoen, Norway’s 1994 European high jump champion, longs to see the world record of 2.45m that has been held by Javier Sotomayor since 1993, broken in his home stadium.

Two years ago, Hoen, who won the Bislett meeting in 1994 with a clearance of 2.35m, re-organised the set-up on the infield in order to give a stellar high jump field the best opportunity of attacking the Cuban’s longstanding record, but chill weather frustrated that ambition.

Tomorrow evening, for the first time this season, the Rio 2016 gold, silver and bronze medallists – Derek Drouin of Canada, Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar and Ukraine’s Bohdan Bondarenko respectively – will compete together, with Hoen hoping will strike sparks off each other and manage to break Sotomayor’s 28-year-old stadium record of 2.37m.

There is no question that the talent assembled is up to the task as four of the field, including the Olympic medallists, have cleared 2.40m. 

While Drouin has only reached that height once in 2014, Bondarenko, the 2013 world champion, has managed 2.40m or over six times and Barshim, second on the all-time lists with a clearance of 2.43m, has managed it seven times. 

Bondarenko’s compatriot Andriy Protsenko has also achieved that landmark height.

Also included in a field stacked with talent are the Chinese jumper Guowei Zhang, whose exuberant post-victory celebrations lit up that dank evening two years ago, plus Britain’s former European champion Robbie Grabarz and this season’s surprise package, Madjd Ghazal of Syria.

There will be a strong home focus on the men’s 400m hurdles with the field including 21-year-old Norwegian Karsten Warholm, a former multi-eventer who has been making big strides in the race, setting national records last year in the European Championships in Amsterdam and the Rio Olympics, where he ran a best of 48.49 in the heats before going out in the semi-final.

Warholm’s growing credentials will be put to a severe test though as he is the slowest in a field that includes the 31-year-old reigning US Olympic champion Kerron Clement, whose best, admittedly from 2005, is 47.24. 

But Karsten’s winter form, a 45.96 indoor 400m, plus a world indoor 300m hurdles record of 34.92, bodes well for the hosts.

Dafne Schippers pictured winning at this month's IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rome ©Getty Images
Dafne Schippers pictured winning at this month's IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rome ©Getty Images

If Warholm was looking for inspiration as a multi-eventer turned specialist athlete, he need look no further than one of the marquee names of Thursday’s programme, the former heptathlete and now world 200m champion Dafne Schippers of The Netherlands.

Schippers, who took Olympic silver over the distance behind Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson last summer, will take on a field where the main opposition looks like coming from the Ivory Coast’s 100 and 200m world silver medallist of 2013 Murielle Ahoure.

The Dutch national will be running on her 25th birthday and an ideal present would be an improvement on her early season’s best of 22.29.

Olympic 800m Caster Semenya of South Africa will seek to maintain her recent domination of the event against a field that the women who chased her home in Rio last summer – silver medallist Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi, and Mrgaret Wambui of Kenya.

Canada’s Olympic 200m silver and 100m bronze medallist Andre De Grasse will be seeking a repeat of his victory in Oslo last year over the latter mentioned distance.

But he will face strong opposition in the form of France’s Jimmy Vicaut, who has clocked 9.97 this year, and Britain’s Chijindu Ujah, who won this month’s 100m at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rome in 10.02.