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Lewis Hamilton decides against 'taking a knee'

Lewis Hamilton says that he will not 'take a knee' before Sunday's United States Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton has said that he will not 'take a knee' before Sunday's United States Grand Prix.

Previously, as American Football players protested during pre-game renditions of the national anthem, the Mercedes driver hinted that he could also kneel in solidarity before Formula 1's only race in the United States.

"I will have to think about it," Hamilton said three weeks ago.

Yet ahead of Sunday's race, he told reporters in Austin that he will in fact not kneel.

"I found the movement that [Colin] Kaepernick started is awesome and I'm very much in support of it," said Hamilton.

"But I'm here to win and that's the top of my priorities at the moment and I'm not really focused on anything else.

"I don't really plan on allowing all the BS that's surrounding the topic pull me down in my strive to winning this world title."

Hamilton enjoys a 59-point lead over second-placed Sebastian Vettel heading into the race in Austin.

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Sunday's key events


SURFING
· Wave conditions permitting, surfing will make its Olympic debut (11pm-8.20am)

SKATEBOARDING
· Another debutant sport at this Olympics, most eyes will be on American Nyjah Huston in the men's street contest as he looks to add Olympic gold to his four world titles and 12 X-Games golds. (12.30am-5am)

TAEKWONDO
· History beckons for Jade Jones as she looks to become a three-time Olympic champion - something never done before in the sport prior to these Games (2am-1.45pm)
· Team GB's Bradly Sinden - world champion two years ago - is also going for gold in the men's -68kg category (2am-1.45pm)

GYMNASTICS
· Already-legendary gymnast Simone Biles makes her first appearance of the Games in the women's qualifying event (2am-2pm)

SWIMMING
· The first swimming medals of the Games will be dished out, with home favourite Daiya Seto going for gold in the men's 400m individual medley (2.30am-4.20am)

CYCLING
· Lizzie Deignan is among the Team GB team looking for success in the women's road race (5am-9.30am)

TENNIS
· Reigning two-time Olympic champion Andy Murray starts his title defence against Canadian hotshot Felix Auger-Aliassime (7am approx.)

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