Elaine Thompson-Herah will start her 2022 season at the Muller Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham tomorrow ©Getty Images

Elaine Thompson-Herah, who retained her Olympic 100 and 200 metres titles in Tokyo last summer, will open her season in the Arena Birmingham tomorrow at the Muller Indoor Grand Prix, which features two other Tokyo 2020 champions in Mondo Duplantis and Mariya Lasitskene.

The 29-year-old sprinter, who set Jamaican records of 10.54sec and 21.53 last season that placed her second on the respective 100m and 200m all-time lists, competes over 60m at the fifth of seven World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold meetings scheduled before next month's World Indoor Championships.

Thompson-Herah, the 2021 Female Athlete of the Year, hasn’t raced internationally since last year's Diamond League final in Zurich, but there will be a familiar feel to her opening race on a British track.

Other than her appearances at the World Indoor Championships, she has only raced indoors at Glasgow or Birmingham, with the latter venue seeing her win over 60m in 6.98 in 2017 and 7.13 in 2019.

The women's 60m field includes Switzerland’s world 200m bronze medallist Mujinga Kambundji, who beat Thompson-Herah to world indoor 60m bronze in Birmingham in 2018.

Like Thompson-Herah, Duplantis also has fond memories of the this event - when he last competed in 2020, when it was held in Glasgow, the Swede set his second and current world pole vault record of 6.18 metres.

His opponents will include his predecessor as Olympic champion, Thiago Braz of Brazil, who finished second in last night's meeting at Liévin with a best of 5.81m.

Authorised Neural Athlete Lasitskene, the world and Olympic women's high jump champion, opened her 2022 season with a 1.93m clearance in Banská Bystrica earlier this week in a competition won at 1.99m by Australia’s Eleanor Patterson, who will be in the field.

Meanwhile world champion and Olympic silver medallist Grant Holloway will be defending one of sport’s more remarkable records in the men’s 60 metres hurdles, where he remains unbeaten since 2014, when he was 16.

Holloway, who broke Briton Colin Jackson’s 1994 60m hurdles world record in 2021, clocking 7.29sec, has run twice so far this year, setting the fastest time of the season with his opening effort of 7.37 in New York and lowering it last night in Liévin to 7.35.

Holloway faces a field that includes Britain’s Andrew Pozzi, who won the world indoor title on this track in 2018, world indoor silver medallist and fellow American Jarret Eaton and 2016 Olympic silver medallist Orlando Ortega of Spain.

Noah Lyles, world champion and Olympic bronze medallist at 200m, has another sharpening race over 60m, having recently set a personal best of 6.56 in winning at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in New York.

But his American compatriot Ronnie Baker, the world indoor bronze medallist, will start as favourite.

Home fans will be looking out for Britain’s 19-year-old Olympic 800m silver medallist and Diamond League champion Keely Hodgkinson, who will make her season’s debut against a field that includes Natoya Goule, winner in Liévin last night in 1min 58.46sec, a Jamaican record and the fastest time recorded so far this season.

There will be strong British interest too in the men’s 800m, which features Elliot Giles, who has won all but one of his races so far this year.

Giles, whose British record of 1min 43.63 in Torun last February put him second on the all-time list behind Denmark's Wilson Kipketer, will face world 1500m bronze medallist Marcin Lewandowski from Poland, 2019 European indoor champion Alvaro de Arriba of Spain, Kenyan 2020 World Indoor Tour winner Collins Kipruto and Poland’s world indoor champion Adam Kszczot, who is using the current indoor season as a farewell tour before retiring.

The men’s 1500m includes includes Spain’s Adel Mechaal, fifth in the Tokyo 2020 final in 3:30.77, who set a European indoor 3,000m record of 7:30.82 earlier this month.

He faces a strong home challenge from world and Olympic finalist Jake Wightman and world finalist Neil Gourley.

Serbia’s Ivana Vuleta (née Španović), who will seek to retain her world indoor long jump title on the home turf of Belgrade next month, will face European indoor champion Maryna Bekh-Romanchuk of Ukraine and Britain’s 2016 world indoor bronze medallist Lorraine Ugen.