Rivals Timothy Cheruiyot and Jakob Ingebrigtsen will play it again over 1500m in Monaco tomorrow ©Getty Images

The highly anticipated meeting over 1500 metres of European champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen and world champion Timothy Cheruiyot, that cannot now happen at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after the latter’s failure to qualify, is on - at tomorrow night’s Wanda Diamond League meeting in Monaco.

The 20-year-old Norwegian, who set the European record of 3min 28.68sec in Monaco last year, will face a runner who has nothing to lose after Kenyan selectors chose not to offer him the third discretionary Tokyo place in the event when he could only finish fourth in the trials.

Cheruiyot finished in front of Ingebrigtsen in that Monaco race last year, clocking 3:28.45, just 0.04sec off the personal best he set in the Herculis meeting on the same track in 2018.

Also in the mix at Stade Louis II will be Australia’s Stewart McSweyn, who set an Oceania record of 3:48.37 in winning the Oslo mile on July 1.

Meanwhile the women’s 1500m field features another almighty match-up as Kenya’s Rio 2016 and 2017 world champion Faith Kipyegon takes on the Dutch runner Sifan Hassan, who won world 1500 and 10,000m titles in Doha two years ago, and held the world 5,000m record for two days last month before it was broken again by Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey.

Hassan has said she will seek a 5,000/10,000m double in Tokyo, but she will doubtless be looking for a sharp warm-up in the penultimate Diamond League meeting before the Olympic athletics programme starts on July 30.

The Dutch runner, who also broke the 10,000m world record this year, beat Kipyegon in their last meeting over 1500m in Florence last month, running the fastest time of 2021 so far, 3:53.63.

The women’s 3,000 metres steeplechase features the gold medallist from the last World Championships in Doha, Beatrice Chepkoech who will be seeking a return to top form on the track where she set her world record of 8:44.32 in 2018.

World 10,000m record holder and world 1500m and 10,000m champion Sifan Hassan will line up against Kenya's Rio 2016 champion Faith Kipyegon over 1500m in Monaco tomorrow night ©Getty Images
World 10,000m record holder and world 1500m and 10,000m champion Sifan Hassan will line up against Kenya's Rio 2016 champion Faith Kipyegon over 1500m in Monaco tomorrow night ©Getty Images

The women’s 200 metres will feature an intriguing competition between two athletes who have stepped up and down to the distance from their established racing, with Jamaica’s 34-year-old double Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce taking on The Bahamas’ Rio 2016 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo.

The Jamaican, who won the world 200m - with clenched teeth - in 2013, has the second fastest time of 2021 to her credit, 21.79sec, while Miller-Uibo has run 22.03.

The first three finishers from the US Olympic Trials - Trayvon Bromell, who leads this year’s world lists with 9.77, Ronnie Baker and Fred Kerley - will feature in the 100m along with Canada’s Rio 2016 bronze medallist Andre De Grasse and South Africa’s Akani Simbine, fresh from his 9.84 African record clocking at the Continental Tour Gold meeting in Hungary on Tuesday (July 6).

In the absence of his US rival Rai Benjamin, who has decided not to travel to Europe for this race, Norway’s double world champion and newly established world record holder Karsten Warholm will complete in his last race before the Olympics against a field that includes the 21-year-old Brazilian who chased him home in Oslo in a South American record of 47.38 that he has since trimmed to 47.34.

"Monaco is a very fast track," Warholm, whose 46.70 clocking in Oslo on July 1 eclipsed the world record of 46.78 set by Kevin Young in winning the 1992 Olympic title, said at the pre-event media conference.

"I already trained and I feel great.

"Tomorrow is my last race before Tokyo.

"The good thing now is that I don’t have to chase after the world record anymore - only after a personal best!"

The men’s long jump features Jamaica’s world champion Tajay Gayle, the Greek who leads this year’s world lists with 8.60 metres, Miltiadis Tentoglou, and Cuba’s 22-year-old world indoor champion Juan Miguel Echevarria.