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Two Americans gored and eight injured in Spanish bull running fest

A Spaniard was seriously injured yesterday on the first day of the famous bull running event.

A reveller falls in front of Jose Escolar fighting bulls during the second running of the bulls at the San Fermin Festival.
A reveller falls in front of Jose Escolar fighting bulls during the second running of the bulls at the San Fermin Festival.
Image: Alvaro Barrientos via PA Images

TEN PEOPLE WERE hurt today during Spain’s annual San Fermin bull running fiesta in Pamplona, regional government sources said.

Five Americans, three Spaniards and two French visitors, all males, required treatment after joining hundreds of intrepid participants in the second running of the bulls through Pamplona’s narrow streets this week.

Two US visitors aged 22 and 35 were gored, the younger man seriously. The eight others hurt suffered bruising and grazing after tumbling on cobbled stones left slippery by rain.

Television pictures showed one man caught on the horns of a bull, being dragged several metres before being trampled on a bend along the 800-metre course.

Spain Running of the Bulls People from around the world flock to Pamplona every year to take part in the eight days of the running of the bulls. Source: Alvaro Barrientos via PA Images

Red Cross personnel said they treated 77 people in all for assorted minor injuries after the race.

San Fermin, immortalised by Ernest Hemingway in his 1926 novel ‘The Sun Also Rises’, attracts hundreds of thousands of visiors from around the world.

Friday’s opening run saw four people hurt, three of them gored. One man, a 46-year-old Spaniard, suffered serious injuries.

Fifteen people have died at San Fermin since 1911, with the last fatality occurring in 2009.

Last year, 87 were hurt, of which 12 were gored.

© – AFP 2017

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