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Revellers drink wine at the start of the festival. Jimenez Rodrigo/PA Images
San Fermin festival

Two Americans and one Spaniard gored in Pamplona bull run

Today’s bull run was the first of the nine-day festival.

TWO AMERICANS AND a Spaniard were gored at the first running of the bulls at the annual San Fermin fiesta in Pamplona today.

“A Spaniard from the Navarro region… is in a serious condition and two Americans (are) in a less serious condition,” the festival said in a statement.

The nine-day fiesta, which kicked off yesterday, dates back to the Middle Ages, commemorating a local saint.

Crowd of revellers, dressed in white and red and often fuelled by copious amounts of wine, sprint down the narrow streets of Pamplona pursued by six bulls.

The three-minute, 850-metre ritual was immortalised by Ernest Hemingway in the 1926 novel The Sun Also Rises.

Fifteen people have died since 1911, with the last fatality occurring in 2009. In 2016, 87 were injured, many of them gored or trampled by the bulls.

© – AFP 2017

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