Wednesday 26 November 2014

Two gored during frantic running of the bulls in Pamplona

Published 10/07/2014 | 11:01

Runners sprint alongside Garcigrande fighting bulls at Telefonica Corner during the fourth running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona July 10, 2014. Two runners were gored in the run that lasted two and a half minutes, according to local media. REUTERS/Joseba Etxaburu (SPAIN - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS)
Runners sprint alongside Garcigrande fighting bulls at Telefonica Corner during the fourth running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona July 10, 2014. Two runners were gored in the run that lasted two and a half minutes, according to local media. REUTERS/Joseba Etxaburu
Runners sprint alongside Garcigrande fighting bulls at Telefonica Corner during the fourth running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona July 10, 2014. Two runners were gored in the run that lasted two and a half minutes, according to local media. REUTERS/Joseba Etxaburu
A runner rests his hand on the back of a Garcigrande fighting bull at Telefonica Corner during the fourth running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona July 10, 2014. Two runners were gored in the run that lasted two and a half minutes, according to local media. REUTERS/Joseba Etxaburu
A Garcigrande fighting bull leaps over fallen runners at Estafeta corner during the fourth running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona July 10, 2014. Two runners were gored in the run that lasted two and a half minutes, according to local media. REUTERS/Eloy Alonso
Runners sprint ahead of Garcigrande fighting bulls near the entrance of the bullring during the fourth running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona July 10, 2014. REUTERS/Vincent West
A runner is squeezed between Garcigrande fighting bulls and another falls in front near the entrance of the bullring during the fourth running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona July 10, 2014. REUTERS/Vincent West
A runner squeezes between Garcigrande fighting bulls near the entrance of the bullring during the fourth running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona July 10, 2014. Two runners were gored in the run that lasted two and a half minutes, according to local media. REUTERS/Vincent West
Revelers fall as Garcigrande fighting bulls run during the running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival, in Pamplona, Spain, Thursday, July 10, 2014. Revelers from around the world arrive to Pamplona every year to take part in some of the eight days of the running of the bulls. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
Revelers run in front of Garcigrande ranch fighting bulls during a running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival, in Pamplona, Spain, Thursday, July 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
A reveler sleeps as he waits to see the running of the bulls, at the San Fermin festival, in Pamplona, Spain, Thursday, July 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
Revelers fall in front of the horns of a Garcigrande ranch fighting bull during a running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival, in Pamplona, Spain, Thursday, July 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
A Garcigrande fighting bull leaps over fallen runners at Estafeta corner during the fourth running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona July 10, 2014. Two runners were gored in the run that lasted two and a half minutes, according to local media. REUTERS/Eloy Alonso
A fighting cow falls as she enters the ring following the fourth running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona July 10, 2014. REUTERS/Joseba Etxaburu
A fighting cow falls as she enters the ring following the fourth running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona July 10, 2014. REUTERS/Joseba Etxaburu
A runner leaps over a barrier to escape a fighting cow following the fourth running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona July 10, 2014. REUTERS/Joseba Etxaburu

A fighting bull has gored two Spaniards and tossed several other people into the air in a frantic fourth running of the bulls at Spain's San Fermin festival in Pamplona.

The two men were gored in the leg and another five people were taken to Pamplona hospitals with minor injuries sustained in the 8am dash today, a Navarra regional government statement said.

The gorings were caused by a lone bull that raced ahead of the pack, raising panic among the hundreds of screaming runners along the 930-yard (850-metre) course from a holding pen to Pamplona's bull ring.

The morning runs are the highlight of the nine-day street-party festival, which was immortalised in Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel The Sun Also Rises and attracts thousands of foreign tourists.

Dozens of people are injured each year in the runs, most of them in falls. Fifteen people have died from gorings since record-keeping began in 1924.

Yesterday, an American who co-wrote a book called Fiesta: How To Survive The Bulls Of Pamplona became one of their victims after he was gored.

Bill Hillmann, a 32-year-old from Chicago and a longtime participant in the event, was gored twice in the right thigh, organisers said on their website.

The injury was serious but not life-threatening, the Navarra regional government said.

A 35-year-old Spaniard from Valencia was also in serious condition after being gored in the chest during the same run on the festival's third day, the statement said.

The day before, authorities said a 23-year-old British man from Nottingham was in serious condition with chest injuries and rib fractures

The man - identified only by his initials, TH - was hurt in the second running, along with a Japanese man and a Spaniard. One person was gored in the opening run.

The six bulls used in each run are invariably killed in afternoon bullfights in the ring.

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