SYDNEY Nov 18 Former Australian mountain bike
champion Chris Jongewaard has lost his appeal against a
two-year jail sentence over a hit-and-run driving accident,
local media reported on Wednesday.
Jongwaard was sentenced in September to two years in
prison, with a non-parole period of nine months, over an
incident in 2007 when he knocked down a fellow professional
The cyclist was seriously injured and unable to ride
Jongewaard was found guilty of driving without due care and
leaving the scene of an accident.
Jongewaard appealed but the three judges who heard his
appeal dismissed his application for the jail term to be
"It's a significant fact that, for all Mr Jongewaard knew,
he had left someone seriously injured and lying on the roadway,
exposed to further damage from motor cars," Chief Justice John
Jongewaard was selected in the Australian team for last
year's Beijing Olympics but lost his place after being charged
by police over the incident.
(Reporting by Julian Linden; Editing by Ian Ransom; To
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