x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Britons and American gored at Pamplona bull run

Thousands of daredevil runners charged for the third day ahead of six fighting bulls of the annual San Fermin festival, when the three were gored by the animal that broke free from the pack just before entering the city's bullring.

A reveller is tossed by a bull in the bullring, at the end of third running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival.
A reveller is tossed by a bull in the bullring, at the end of third running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival.

PAMPLONA, SPAIN // A bull gored two Britons and an American in the running of the bulls through the streets of the northern Spanish city of Pamplona today, the regional government said.

Thousands of daredevil runners charged for the third day ahead of six fighting bulls of the annual San Fermin festival, when the three were gored by the animal that broke free from the pack just before entering the city's bullring, a Navarra government statement said.

The bull charged the runners as they huddled on the ground beside a wooden fence, trying to protect themselves from the beast. After several moments of tension, the animal was lured away by stick-wielding cowherds.

None of the three was seriously injured.

The morning runs are the highlight of the annual San Fermin festival, which became world famous with the publication of Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel The Sun Also Rises.

The regional government said one Briton, 20, was gored in the right leg while the other, 29, was gored in the left leg. The American, 39, was gored in the right calf muscle.

The three, identified only by their initials, were taken to the city's Navarra Hospital.

The Spanish Red Cross' preliminary report had put the number of people gored at two.

Four other people were treated for cuts and bruises sustained in the adrenalin-fuelled dash along the 849-metre course. The run lasted just over three minutes.

The bulls from the Cebado Gago breeding ranch were herded from a holding pen in the city centre to the bullring, where they are normally killed by matadors in afternoon bullfights.

Fifteen people have been killed by bulls in the runs since record began to be kept in 1924.

The runs take place daily until July 14 and is broadcast on state television.