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Jongewaard not selected for Olympics

Chris Jongewaard, one of Australia's top mountain bikers has been left off the country's team for the Beijing Olympics over behavioural issues, Cycling Australia announced Friday. The mountain bike spots were awarded to Daniel McConnell and Dellys Starr.

While Jongewaard is the country's highest ranked rider, he was not considered for the Games because he is facing charges over a hit-and-run incident last year.

In February of 2007, Jongewaard had been celebrating the birthday of his friend and training partner Matthew Rex when he accidentally hit Rex with his car. Rex sustained head injuries and was temporarily placed in a coma, but has since recovered.

"The committee believes it cannot in good faith nominate Chris Jongewaard," the Cycling Australia statement read. "We acknowledge he met the performance criteria but nomination for selection in the Australian team for the Olympic Games is based on more than results."

Jongewaard has until Tuesday to request an appeal.

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