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Saturday 22 November 2014

Irishman seriously injured in Pamplona bull run

PAMPLONA, SPAIN - JULY 13:  A Fuente Ymbro's fighting bull enters the bullring during the eighth day of the San Fermin Running Of The Bulls festival on July 13, 2013 in Pamplona, Spain. The annual Fiesta de San Fermin, made famous by the 1926 novel of US writer Ernest Hemmingway 'The Sun Also Rises', involves the running of the bulls through the historic heart of Pamplona, this year for nine days from July 6-14.  (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
PAMPLONA, SPAIN - JULY 13: A Fuente Ymbro's fighting bull enters the bullring during the eighth day of the San Fermin Running Of The Bulls festival on July 13, 2013 in Pamplona, Spain. The annual Fiesta de San Fermin, made famous by the 1926 novel of US writer Ernest Hemmingway 'The Sun Also Rises', involves the running of the bulls through the historic heart of Pamplona, this year for nine days from July 6-14. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
A cow jumps over revelers lying down on the bull ring at the end of the fifth running of the bulls during the San Fermin festival, in Pamplona northern Spain on Thursday, July 11, 2013. One person has been hospitalized after several thousand people tested their speed and bravery by dashing with six fighting bulls through the streets of the northern Spanish city of Pamplona. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
A cow jumps over revelers lying down on the bull ring at the end of the fifth running of the bulls during the San Fermin festival, in Pamplona northern Spain on Thursday, July 11, 2013. One person has been hospitalized after several thousand people tested their speed and bravery by dashing with six fighting bulls through the streets of the northern Spanish city of Pamplona. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
PAMPLONA, SPAIN - JULY 11: Revellers party in the early hours in the streets of Pamplona ahead of Torrestrella's ranch fighting bulls during the sixth day of the San Fermin Running Of The Bulls festival on July 11, 2013 in Pamplona, Spain. The annual Fiesta de San Fermin, made famous by the 1926 novel of US writer Ernest Hemmingway 'The Sun Also Rises', involves the running of the bulls through the historic heart of Pamplona, this year for nine days from July 6-14. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
A cow jumps over revelers lying down on the bull ring as one of them is pushed by the animal, top center, at the end of the fifth run of the famed San Fermin festival, in Pamplona northern Spain on Thursday, July 11, 2013. One person has been hospitalized after several thousand people tested their speed and bravery by dashing with six fighting bulls through the streets of the northern Spanish city of Pamplona. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
Torrestrella ranch fighting bulls and revelers run during the running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival, in Pamplona, Spain, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. Revelers from around the world arrive to Pamplona every year to take part on some of the eight days of the running of the bulls. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
A reveler is pushed by a Torrestrella ranch bull at the bull ring at the end of the fifth running of the bulls, at the San Fermin fiestas, in Pamplona northern Spain on Thursday, July 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
A cow jumps over revelers lying down on the bull ring at the end of the fifth run of the famed San Fermin festival, in Pamplona northern Spain on Thursday, July 11, 2013. One person has been hospitalized after several thousand people tested their speed and bravery by dashing with six fighting bulls through the streets of the northern Spanish city of Pamplona. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
A cow jumps over revelers lying down on the bull ring as one of them is pushed by the animal at the end of the fifth run of the famed San Fermin festival, in Pamplona northern Spain on Thursday, July 11, 2013. One person has been hospitalized after several thousand people tested their speed and bravery by dashing with six fighting bulls through the streets of the northern Spanish city of Pamplona. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
Runners are chased by an "El Pilar" fighting bull during the running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival, in Pamplona, Spain, Friday, July 12, 2013. 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/Alvaro Barrientos)
An 'El Pilar' fighting bull follows a reveler during the running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival, in Pamplona, Spain, Friday, July 12, 2013. Revelers from around the world arrive to Pamplona every year to take part on some of the eight days of the running of the bulls. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
Spanish bullfighter Ivan Fandino, is gored by one Torrestrella' ranch bull, in the bull ring, at the San Fermin fiestas, in Pamplona northern Spain on Thursday, July 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
PAMPLONA, SPAIN - JULY 12: A toy bull collides with a child during the Encierro Txiki (Little Bull Run) on the seventh day of the San Fermin Running Of The Bulls festival on July 12, 2013 in Pamplona, Spain. The annual Fiesta de San Fermin, made famous by the 1926 novel of US writer Ernest Hemmingway 'The Sun Also Rises', involves the running of the bulls through the historic heart of Pamplona, this year for nine days from July 6-14. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
PAMPLONA, SPAIN - JULY 12: Members of 'Estruendo' perform along the streets of Pamplona in the early hours ahead of El Pilar's ranch fighting bulls running on the seventh day of the San Fermin Running Of The Bulls festival on July 12, 2013 in Pamplona, Spain. The annual Fiesta de San Fermin, made famous by the 1926 novel of US writer Ernest Hemmingway 'The Sun Also Rises', involves the running of the bulls through the historic heart of Pamplona, this year for nine days from July 6-14. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
PAMPLONA, SPAIN - JULY 12: Medical Services carry a reveller after running with El Pilar's ranch fighting bulls at Curva Estafeta during the seventh day of the San Fermin Running Of The Bulls festival on July 12, 2013 in Pamplona, Spain. The annual Fiesta de San Fermin, made famous by the 1926 novel of US writer Ernest Hemmingway 'The Sun Also Rises', involves the running of the bulls through the historic heart of Pamplona, this year for nine days from July 6-14. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
PAMPLONA, SPAIN - JULY 12: Revellers run with El Pilar's ranch fighting bulls at Curva Estafeta during the seventh day of the San Fermin Running Of The Bulls festival on July 12, 2013 in Pamplona, Spain. The annual Fiesta de San Fermin, made famous by the 1926 novel of US writer Ernest Hemmingway 'The Sun Also Rises', involves the running of the bulls through the historic heart of Pamplona, this year for nine days from July 6-14. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
PAMPLONA, SPAIN - JULY 12: Revellers run with El Pilar's ranch fighting bulls at Curva Estafeta during the seventh day of the San Fermin Running Of The Bulls festival on July 12, 2013 in Pamplona, Spain. The annual Fiesta de San Fermin, made famous by the 1926 novel of US writer Ernest Hemmingway 'The Sun Also Rises', involves the running of the bulls through the historic heart of Pamplona, this year for nine days from July 6-14. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
PAMPLONA, SPAIN - JULY 12: Revellers run with El Pilar's ranch fighting bulls at Curva Estafeta during the seventh day of the San Fermin Running Of The Bulls festival on July 12, 2013 in Pamplona, Spain. The annual Fiesta de San Fermin, made famous by the 1926 novel of US writer Ernest Hemmingway 'The Sun Also Rises', involves the running of the bulls through the historic heart of Pamplona, this year for nine days from July 6-14. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
PAMPLONA, SPAIN - JULY 12: A reveller falls running with El Pilar's ranch fighting bulls at Curva Estafeta during the seventh day of the San Fermin Running Of The Bulls festival on July 12, 2013 in Pamplona, Spain. The annual Fiesta de San Fermin, made famous by the 1926 novel of US writer Ernest Hemmingway 'The Sun Also Rises', involves the running of the bulls through the historic heart of Pamplona, this year for nine days from July 6-14. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
An 'El Pilar' fighting bull slows down his race during the running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival, in Pamplona, Spain, Friday, July 12, 2013. Revelers from around the world arrive to Pamplona every year to take part on some of the eight days of the running of the bulls. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
Runners make their way through the street with "El Pilar" fighting bulls watched by people from their balconies during the running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival, in Pamplona, Spain, Friday, July 12, 2013. 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 glorified by Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises." (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
A runner is gored by an "El Pilar" fighting bull during the running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival, in Pamplona, Spain, Friday, July 12, 2013. An American and two Spaniards were gored Friday during a danger-filled sixth bull run of Spain's San Fermin festival, with one loose bull causing panic in the packed streets of Pamplona city. (AP Photo/ Olivia Aguirre)
PAMPLONA, SPAIN - JULY 13: A Fuente Ymbro's fighting bull falls entering the bullring during the eighth day of the San Fermin Running Of The Bulls festival on July 13, 2013 in Pamplona, Spain. The annual Fiesta de San Fermin, made famous by the 1926 novel of US writer Ernest Hemmingway 'The Sun Also Rises', involves the running of the bulls through the historic heart of Pamplona, this year for nine days from July 6-14. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
PAMPLONA, SPAIN - JULY 13: Revellers run with Fuente Ymbro's fighting bulls entering the bullring during the eighth day of the San Fermin Running Of The Bulls festival on July 13, 2013 in Pamplona, Spain. The annual Fiesta de San Fermin, made famous by the 1926 novel of US writer Ernest Hemmingway 'The Sun Also Rises', involves the running of the bulls through the historic heart of Pamplona, this year for nine days from July 6-14. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
PAMPLONA, SPAIN - JULY 12: Children run in front of a toy bull during the Encierro Txiki (Little Bull Run) on the seventh day of the San Fermin Running Of The Bulls festival on July 12, 2013 in Pamplona, Spain. The annual Fiesta de San Fermin, made famous by the 1926 novel of US writer Ernest Hemmingway 'The Sun Also Rises', involves the running of the bulls through the historic heart of Pamplona, this year for nine days from July 6-14. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
PAMPLONA, SPAIN - JULY 12: A child runs in front of a toy bull during the Encierro Txiki (Little Bull Run) on the seventh day of the San Fermin Running Of The Bulls festival on July 12, 2013 in Pamplona, Spain. The annual Fiesta de San Fermin, made famous by the 1926 novel of US writer Ernest Hemmingway 'The Sun Also Rises', involves the running of the bulls through the historic heart of Pamplona, this year for nine days from July 6-14. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
PAMPLONA, SPAIN - JULY 13: Revellers run in to the bullring while a Fuente Ymbro's fighting bull lays on the ground during the eighth day of the San Fermin Running Of The Bulls festival on July 13, 2013 in Pamplona, Spain. The annual Fiesta de San Fermin, made famous by the 1926 novel of US writer Ernest Hemmingway 'The Sun Also Rises', involves the running of the bulls through the historic heart of Pamplona, this year for nine days from July 6-14. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
PAMPLONA, SPAIN - JULY 13: A Fuente Ymbro's fighting bull falls entering the bullring during the eighth day of the San Fermin Running Of The Bulls festival on July 13, 2013 in Pamplona, Spain. The annual Fiesta de San Fermin, made famous by the 1926 novel of US writer Ernest Hemmingway 'The Sun Also Rises', involves the running of the bulls through the historic heart of Pamplona, this year for nine days from July 6-14. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
PAMPLONA, SPAIN - JULY 13: A Fuente Ymbro's fighting bull falls entering the bullring during the eighth day of the San Fermin Running Of The Bulls festival on July 13, 2013 in Pamplona, Spain. The annual Fiesta de San Fermin, made famous by the 1926 novel of US writer Ernest Hemmingway 'The Sun Also Rises', involves the running of the bulls through the historic heart of Pamplona, this year for nine days from July 6-14. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
PAMPLONA, SPAIN - JULY 13: A Fuente Ymbro's fighting bull falls entering the bullring during the eighth day of the San Fermin Running Of The Bulls festival on July 13, 2013 in Pamplona, Spain. The annual Fiesta de San Fermin, made famous by the 1926 novel of US writer Ernest Hemmingway 'The Sun Also Rises', involves the running of the bulls through the historic heart of Pamplona, this year for nine days from July 6-14. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
PAMPLONA, SPAIN - JULY 13: Revellers run with a Fuente Ymbro's fighting bull entering the bullring during the eighth day of the San Fermin Running Of The Bulls festival on July 13, 2013 in Pamplona, Spain. The annual Fiesta de San Fermin, made famous by the 1926 novel of US writer Ernest Hemmingway 'The Sun Also Rises', involves the running of the bulls through the historic heart of Pamplona, this year for nine days from July 6-14. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
Revelers run, fall and step over a fallen Fuente Ymbro ranch fighting bull during the running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival, in Pamplona, Spain, Saturday, July 13, 2013. Revelers from around the world arrive to Pamplona every year to take part on some of the eight days of the running of the bulls glorified by Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises." (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
PAMPLONA, SPAIN - JULY 13: Revellers run with Los Fuente Ymbro's ranch fighting bulls entering the bullring during the eighth day of the San Fermin Running Of The Bulls festival on July 13, 2013 in Pamplona, Spain. The annual Fiesta de San Fermin, made famous by the 1926 novel of US writer Ernest Hemmingway 'The Sun Also Rises', involves the running of the bulls through the historic heart of Pamplona, this year for nine days from July 6-14. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
PAMPLONA, SPAIN - JULY 13: A Fuente Ymbro's fighting bull enters the bullring during the eighth day of the San Fermin Running Of The Bulls festival on July 13, 2013 in Pamplona, Spain. The annual Fiesta de San Fermin, made famous by the 1926 novel of US writer Ernest Hemmingway 'The Sun Also Rises', involves the running of the bulls through the historic heart of Pamplona, this year for nine days from July 6-14. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
PAMPLONA, SPAIN - JULY 13: Revelleres run with a Fuente Ymbro's fighting bull entering the bullring during the eighth day of the San Fermin Running Of The Bulls festival on July 13, 2013 in Pamplona, Spain. The annual Fiesta de San Fermin, made famous by the 1926 novel of US writer Ernest Hemmingway 'The Sun Also Rises', involves the running of the bulls through the historic heart of Pamplona, this year for nine days from July 6-14. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
PAMPLONA, SPAIN - JULY 13: A Fuente Ymbro's fighting bull falls entering the bullring during the eighth day of the San Fermin Running Of The Bulls festival on July 13, 2013 in Pamplona, Spain. The annual Fiesta de San Fermin, made famous by the 1926 novel of US writer Ernest Hemmingway 'The Sun Also Rises', involves the running of the bulls through the historic heart of Pamplona, this year for nine days from July 6-14. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
PAMPLONA, SPAIN - JULY 13: Revellers run with a Fuente Ymbro's fighting bull entering the bullring during the eighth day of the San Fermin Running Of The Bulls festival on July 13, 2013 in Pamplona, Spain. The annual Fiesta de San Fermin, made famous by the 1926 novel of US writer Ernest Hemmingway 'The Sun Also Rises', involves the running of the bulls through the historic heart of Pamplona, this year for nine days from July 6-14. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
PAMPLONA, SPAIN - JULY 13: A steer runs over a reveller during the Fuente Ymbro's fighting bulls running entering the bullring on the eighth day of the San Fermin Running Of The Bulls festival on July 13, 2013 in Pamplona, Spain. The annual Fiesta de San Fermin, made famous by the 1926 novel of US writer Ernest Hemmingway 'The Sun Also Rises', involves the running of the bulls through the historic heart of Pamplona, this year for nine days from July 6-14. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
PAMPLONA, SPAIN - JULY 13: Revelleres run with a Fuente Ymbro's fighting bull entering the bullring during the eighth day of the San Fermin Running Of The Bulls festival on July 13, 2013 in Pamplona, Spain. The annual Fiesta de San Fermin, made famous by the 1926 novel of US writer Ernest Hemmingway 'The Sun Also Rises', involves the running of the bulls through the historic heart of Pamplona, this year for nine days from July 6-14. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
A wounded man is carried away as runners trip and fall ahead of the bulls blocking the entrance to the bullring during the running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival, in Pamplona, Spain, Saturday, July 13, 2013. A total of 21 persons have been injured, two by gorings, as thousands of daredevils raced through the crowded streets of Pamplona in a hair-raising running of the bulls that ended in a crush on Saturday.(AP Photo/Joseba Etxeberria)
Runners trip and fall ahead of the bulls blocking the entrance of the bullring during the running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival, in Pamplona, Spain, Saturday, July 13, 2013. A total of 21 people have been injured, two by gorings, as thousands of daredevils raced through the crowded streets of Pamplona in a hair-raising running of the bulls that ended in a crush on Saturday. (AP Photo/Joseba Etxeberria)
PAMPLONA, SPAIN - JULY 10: Revellers run with Vitoriano del Rio's ranch fighting bulls at Curva Estafeta during the fith day of the San Fermin Running Of The Bulls festival on July 10, 2013 in Pamplona, Spain. The annual Fiesta de San Fermin, made famous by the 1926 novel of US writer Ernest Hemmingway 'The Sun Also Rises', involves the running of the bulls through the historic heart of Pamplona, this year for nine days from July 6-14. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)

An Irishman has been seriously hurt during the annual running of the bulls through the Spanish town of Pamplona.

Spanish broadcaster RTVE reported that the 28-year-old was injured as a crush of fallen runners blocked the entrance to the bullring, briefly stopping the bulls from entering it.

The man was described as being in a "serious" condition with asphyxia caused by crush injuries to his chest.

Four other participants in the festival were taken to hospital for cuts and bruises, said Javier Sesma, health spokesman for the province of Navarra.

The event drew widespread attention on Friday when the American college student and two Spaniards were gored, and videos and photos of the attacks were seen around the world.

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