Diamond League again key for Barber

John Salvado
Javelin world champion Kelsey-Lee Barber will use the Diamond League to prepare for Tokyo 2020

Kelsey-Lee Barber knows just what it takes to perform best when it matters most.

She proved it when winning javelin gold in dramatic style at last year's world championships in Doha with a nerveless final-round throw of 66.56m.

Barber and her husband and coach Mike Barber now have the blueprint for success as they set their sights on the Tokyo Olympics, where she will be Australia's leading gold-medal hope in the Games' track and field program.

A battle-hardened Barber benefited from a successful 2019 Diamond League season where she slugged it out regularly with the likes of China's Lyu Huihui and Czech Barbora Spotakova, who were among those left in her wake in Doha.

As luck would have it, the women's javelin is on the Diamond League program for six pre-Tokyo meets this year - and they will again form the cornerstone of her Olympic build-up.

"It's really nice to receive the recognition that I can perform when it counts; that I'm one to watch in any competition and that you can't rule me out," the 28-year-old told AAP.

"It's a nice card you can hold going into any competition, let alone a major championships.

"I'm taking that as a plus.

"I'm really happy that I'm going to keep getting pushed because that brings out the best in me as a competitor.

"I want to keep raising the bar for myself and having the best girls around me will force me to do that."

Barber will open her 2020 season at the Queensland Track Classic on March 20 before heading to Sydney the following week for the national titles.

She will then contest two Diamond League meets in China in May and another four in Europe before putting the final touches to her Olympic preparation at the Australian training facility in Italy.

A similar program paid great dividends last year and both athlete and coach see no reason to stray too far from it this time around.

But first up on the agenda in 2020 is a hot-weather camp with discus stars Dani Stevens and Matt Denny next week in Brisbane in conditions similar to those forecast for the Tokyo Games.

"It came about as a result of chat between Matt and Mike in Doha," said Barber.

"We were all very keen because we're spread out across the country and we hardly ever get a chance to train together."