Britain's Dina Asher-Smith returns to Doha, where she won the 2019 world 200m title, for the opening Diamond League meeting of the season ©Getty Images

In a year when all roads lead to the Budapest World Athletics Championships, the opening Diamond League meeting of the season in Doha offers its usual quota of stellar talents the chance to get a serious measure of their form and fitness.

One of the most compelling spectacles at the Qatar Sports Club will be a women’s 100 metres which brings together the Briton who won world 200m gold in the Qatari capital in 2019, Dina Asher-Smith, mercurial United States talent Sha’Carri Richardson and Jamaica’s current world 200m champion and world 100m silver medallist Shericka Jackson.

Asher-Smith, who has been beset by injuries since her victory run four years ago, is now - touch wood - back to fitness, having concluded her indoor season unbeaten, reducing her national 60m record to 7.03sec.

Richardson, who has a personal best of 10.72, has already clocked a wind-assisted 10.57 in Miramar, but was beaten over 200m by compatriot Kayla White at last Saturday’s World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting in Botswana.

Jackson, who has a personal best of 10.71, has clocked 10.82 this season.

The men’s 3,000m will form a similar gathering point for talents from different events.

Three months on from setting a world indoor 3,000 metres record, Ethiopia’s Lamecha Girma competes in the same distance outdoors against a field including four global champions - most pertinently the Moroccan who beat him to the Olympic and world 3,000m steeplechase titles, Soufiane El Bakkali.

The Ethiopian clocked 7min 23.81sec in Lievin in February and hasn’t raced since, but he will require a serious kick-start to his outdoor season to defeat his perennial rival, and other stellar talents such as his compatriots Selemon Barega, the Olympic 10,000m champion, 2021 Diamond League 5,000m champion Berihu Aregawi, Getnet Wale and Telahun Haile Bekele.

Also in the mix will be Kenya’s 2019 world 1500m champion Timothy Cheruiyot, his compatriot, the world under-20 cross-country champion Ishmail Kipkirui and Australia’s Oceanian record-holder Stewart McSweyn.

The meeting record of 7:27.26 has stood for 12 years, but there are several athletes capable of challenging that mark tomorrow.

Meanwhile the men’s 200m will involve another intriguing showdown, matching as it does two United States world champions - 100m gold medallist Fred Kerley and 400m winner Michael Norman - as well as Canada’s Olympic champion, Andre de Grasse.

India’s Olympic javelin champion Neeraj Chopra will open his season against a field that includes the Grenada athlete who beat him into second place in Oregon last year in retaining his world title, Anderson Peters.

The latter threw 93.07 metres in Doha last year to win a monumental contest against Czech thrower Jakub Vadlejch, the Olympic silver medallist, who managed a personal best of 90.88m.

Chopra has the additional spur of not yet having produced a 90m throw.

Kenya’s double Olympic 1500m champion Faith Kipygeon will race over her main distance against a huge Ethiopian challenge in the form of world indoor 3,000m champion Lemlem Hailu, Diribe Welteji, Freweyni Hailu, Hirut Meshesha and Axumawit Embaye as well as Germany’s European 5,000m champion Konstanze Klosterhalfen and Australia’s Jessica Hull.

World and Olympic pole vault champion Katie Moon set a meeting record of 4.84m when she won at this meeting last year, so she will be hoping to put down a similarly impressive marker on her outdoor season debut.

The US vaulter will take on world indoor champion and former training partner Sandi Morris, Australia’s world bronze medallist Nina Kennedy, Olympic bronze medallist Holly Bradshaw of Britain, European indoor and outdoor champion Wilma Murto of Finland, and world indoor bronze medallist Tina Šutej of Slovenia.

The three triple jumpers who earned global medals in Tokyo and Oregon - Pedro Pablo Pichardo of Portugal, Hugues Fabrice Zango of Burkino Faso and Zhu Yaming of China - will meet again in a competition also including world indoor champion Lazaro Martinez, his fellow Cuban Andy Diaz and multiple world and Olympic champion Christian Taylor of the US.

Local hero Mutaz Barshim, winner of the past three world titles and a historic shareholder in the Olympic gold, will contest his first high jump since September last year.

South Korea’s world indoor champion Woo Sang-hyeok beat Barshim at this meeting last year and will be eager to repeat that performance.

At the pre-event press conference, Barshim spoke movingly about the shocking recent death of the 2017 women's world 100m champion Tori Bowie of the United States at the age of 32, saying "we lost a champion, we lost a sister".