Britain's world 200m champion Dina Asher-Smith faces a world-class field over 100m at tomorrow's Diamond League meeting ©Getty Images

Birmingham’s re-built Alexander Stadium stands ready to usher in a new era of big-time athletics tomorrow when it hosts the second Diamond League meeting of the season, before hosting track and field at the Commonwealth Games later this year.

While a section of icing fell off the cake with yesterday's news that double Olympic 100 and 200 metres champion Elaine Thompson-Herah had dropped out of the meeting "after experiencing some discomfort in training" there is still plenty left.

Despite the Jamaican’s absence from the women’s 100m the event remains stacked with world-class talent in the form of her compatriot Shericka Jackson, the Tokyo 2020 bronze medallist, Olympic 200m bronze medallist Gabby Thomas of the United States, European indoor champion Ajla Del Ponte of Switzerland and Britain’s world 200m champion Dina Asher-Smith.

The latter finished third in her first 200m of the season at last Friday’s opening Diamond League meeting in Doha and is now set on adding further medals to her collection having recovered fitness after her Olympic ambitions were undermined by a hamstring injury last year.

"I was in great shape early in the season and I was heartbroken not to be able to compete to my full potential in Tokyo," she told World Athletics' website.

"But I was also incredibly proud to come home with a relay medal and to finish my year so strongly.

"That’s behind me now, and my focus is on the busy summer ahead."

The summer, uniquely, will see British athletes competing at a World Championships, a Commonwealth Games and a European Championships, and Asher-Smith, who is European 100 and 200m champion, will be one of the centres of attention tomorrow as she takes another step towards what she hopes will be a medal-laden period of competition.

Thomas was the winner in Doha in 21.98sec, ahead of Jackson and Asher-Smith.

The men’s 100m will also be one of the eye-catching events given the presence of Canada’s Olympic 200m champion Andre De Grasse, the Rio 2016 100m bronze medallist, world indoor 60m champion Trayvon Bromell of the US, who has run 9.92 this season, Jamaica’s Yohan Blake and a British quartet of Adam Gemili, Zharnel Hughes, Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and Reece Prescod.

In the women’s 800m the home focus will be on Olympic silver medallist Keely Hodgkinson, who broke the British record with her 1min 55.88sec run in Tokyo and races for the first time since being forced to withdraw from the World Indoor Championships through injury.

She renews her rivalry with Jamaica’s Pan American Games champion Natoya Goule.

Meanwhile Britain’s Olympic 1500m silver medallist Laura Muir makes her season debut against a field including Ethiopia’s Diribe Welteji, who tops this year’s world lists with her time of 4:01.50 in Nairobi, and two-time world indoor 1500m silver medallist Axumawit Embaye from Ethipoia.

In the men’s 400m, European champion Matthew Hudson-Smith, who looks capable of beating the British record of 44.36 set in this stadium by Iwan Thomas 25 years ago after clocking 44.61 last month in Baton Rouge, lines up alongside Vernon Norwood and Bryce Deadmon of the US and Botswana’s Commonwealth champion Isaac Makwala.

The women’s 400m hurdles brings together five of the finalists from Tokyo, led by world champion and Tokyo 2020 silver medallist Dalilah Muhammad, whose main rival would appear to be Jamaica’s Olympic fourth-place finisher Janieve Russell.

The men’s 110m hurdles features Jamaica’s Tokyo 2020 gold medallist Hansle Parchment, his predecessor as Olympic champion, compatriot Omar McLeod, and Britain’s Andrew Pozzi, who won the world indoor title in 2018 just across the way at Arena Birmingham.

In the men’s high jump Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberi - who shared Olympic gold with Qatar’s Mutaz Barshim in Tokyo - will seek a return to business as usual after a seventh-place finish with 2.20 metres in challenging windy conditions in Doha.

He will not want for a challenge as the field contains the Doha winner and in-form high jumper of the moment, South Korea's Woo Sang-hyeok.

Germany’s Malaika Mihambo, who has won European, world and Olympic long jump titles over the past four years, setting a 7.30m personal best in 2019, makes her season’s debut in her main event against a field including Serbia’s Ivana Vuleta, who jumped 7.06m to retain her world indoor title on home soil in Belgrade last month.

Keely Hodgkinson is one of several British Olympic medallists set to race in Birmingham ©Getty Images
Keely Hodgkinson is one of several British Olympic medallists set to race in Birmingham ©Getty Images

Ukraine’s world long jump silver medallist Maryna Bekh-Romanchuk, who claimed a triple jump medal of the same colour at the World Indoor Championships, also competes, as does Britain’s world indoor bronze medallist Lorraine Ugen.

In the men’s 1500 metres, Ethiopia’s two-time world indoor champion Samuel Tefera takes on Britain’s Olympic bronze medallist Josh Kerr and Kenya’s Abel Kipsang, who tops this year’s world list with 3:31.01, plus the Australian trio of Ollie Hoare, Stewart McSweyn and Matthew Ramsden.

The presence of Olympic champion Valarie Allman in the women’s discus is highly anticipated given that she added 30 centimetres to her North American record in San Diego last month, throwing 71.46m.

American Allman’s competition in Birmingham includes Croatia’s London 2012 and Rio 2016 gold medallist Sandra Perković and France’s Rio 2016 silver medallist Melina Robert-Michon.

The women’s pole vault will include the current Olympic champion, Katie Nageotte of the US and Rio 2016 gold medallist Katerina Stefanidi of Greece as well as the double world indoor champion Sandi Morris of the US and Britain's Olympic bronze medallist Holly Bradshaw.

The men’s discus, meanwhile, brings together again the respective Tokyo 2020 gold, silver and bronze medallists - Daniel Ståhl of Sweden, his compatriot Simon Pettersson and Austria’s Lukas Weißhaidinger.

After breaking the world 5 kilometres record with a 14:19 run on the roads of Barcelona at the end of last year, Ethiopia’s Ejgayehu Taye races that same distance on the track to make her season debut.

She will face her compatriots Girmawit Gebrzihair, who ran a 2022 world-leading 14:49.97 to win in Nairobi earlier this month, Dawit Seyaum and Fantu Worku, plus Burundi’s Doha Diamond League winner Francine Niyonsaba.