Britain’s newly-established European 100 and 200 metres champion Dina Asher-Smith will race in Birmingham tomorrow against the woman who beat her to the Commonweath Games 200m title in April - Olympic 400m gold medallist Shaunae Miller-Uibo.
The 22-year-old, now joint top of this season’s 100m rankings with 10.85sec and top of the 200m list with 21.89, will meet the 24-year-old Bahamian, unbeaten so far this season, in a 200 metres that promises to be one of the highlights of the last International Association of Athletics Federations Diamond League meeting before the season’s finales in Zurich and Brussels.
Miller-Uibo clocked 22.09 in winning the Commonwealth title, with Asher-Smith taking bronze in 22.29.
The Bahamian athlete, who ran a personal best of 21.88 to win the IAAF Diamond League title in Zurich last year, has since run 22.06.
But the Briton has moved to a new level with her performances in Berlin earlier this month and will approach this race with new confidence.
Also in the field will be the double world 200m champion Dafne Schippers, whom Asher-Smith defeated emphatically at both 100 and 200m in Berlin, Commonwealth Games silver medallist Shericka Jackson of Jamaica and last year’s world 100 and 200m silver medallist Marie-Josée Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast.
As a race, that is going to be hard to match - but the men’s 100m that concludes the programme might just manage as it pits together the 22-year-old world silver medallist, world 60m indoor champion and world record holder Christian Coleman and his 21-year-old American compatriot Noah Lyles.
The latter sprinter is currently joint top of this season’s men’s 100m world list, with 9.88, and top of the 200m list with 19.65.
Having returned after a six-week lay-off with victory in a 9.98 season’s best at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rabat, Coleman suffered a tweak in warm-up for the heats at the Diamond League meeting in London eight days later.
He still needs points to book his place in the IAAF Diamond League final in Brussels later this month.
There will be strong home interest in the event, with Zharnel Hughes and Reece Prescod – one and two in the European Championships final – plus European 200m silver medallist Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and 2017 Diamond League champion CJ Ujah all lining up for the heats.
The field also includes the newly-crowned African and NCAC champions – South Africa’s Akani Simbine and Jamaican Tyquendo Tracey – as well as NACAC bronze medallist Cameron Burrell, two-time World Championships finalist Michael Rodgers of the USA, and Jamaica’s 2011 world champion Yohan Blake.
Six days after winning her first European title at 5,000m, the in-form Sifan Hassan steps back down in distance to the 1,500m.
In Hassan’s past three races she has clocked a European 5,000m record in Rabat of 14min 22.34sec, the third fastest mile of all time in London - 4:14.71, passing 1,500m in 3:57.41 - and won the European 5,000m title in a Championship record time of 14:46.12.
In London three weeks ago, Emmanuel Korir of Kenya clocked the fastest 800m time for six years, rising to sixth on the world all-time list with 1:42.05.
The Kenyan was subsequently beaten by London 2012 silver medallist Nijel Amos at the African Championships and will have plenty of competition in Birmingham with Kenyan champion Jonathan Kitilit, Canada’s NCAC champion Brandon McBride, Poland’s European champion Adam Kszczot and Olympic bronze medallist Clayton Murphy of the USA all in the mix.
Out of commission since pulling up injured in the Prefontaine Classic 200m on May 26, Commonwealth 400m champion Isaac Makwala of Botswana returns to action at the longer distance.
He faces the newly crowned champion of Europe, Britain’s Matthew Hudson-Smith, compatriot Baboloki Thebe and Rome Diamond League winner Fred Kerley of the United States.
A week after his surprise European 110m hurdles victory over Russian Sergey Shubenkov, Frenchman Pascal Martinot-Lagarde will be out to win his first Diamond League race for three years.
Kenya's Conselsus Kipruto and Soufiane El Bakkali of Morocco continue their rivalry in the 3,000m steeplechase.
A loaded women’s pole vault field brings together the world indoor champion from the United States, Sandi Morris, and Greece’s world and Olympic champion Katerina Stefanidi.
Five months after Morris beat Stefanidi to win that world indoor title in Birmingham, both are back in town, with Morris top of the world list with 4.95m, and Stefanidi having retained her European title with a season’s best of 4.85m.
In the non-scoring men’s long jump, Britain’s Greg Rutherford contests his final competition in a conventional track and field arena.
The women’s long jump features four of top five women on the 2018 world list: Britain’s Lorraine Ugen - who heads the list with 7.05m but was bitterly disappointed only to finish ninth in this month’s European final - Germany’s Malaika Mihambo, winner of that title, Canada’s Christabel Nettey, and Britain’s Shara Proctor.
The non-scoring women’s 1,000m features an attack on Kelly Holmes’ 21-year-old British record - 2:32.55 - by Laura Muir, a decisive winner of the European 1,500m title in Berlin.
The event will take place at the Alexander Stadium, due to be the venue for athletics and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.