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Sunday 13 July 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)

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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