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5 injured in 3rd Pamplona bull run

Published 09/07/2015

Jimenez Fortes performs with a bull during the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
Jimenez Fortes performs with a bull during the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

Five people were injured as thousands raced alongside six fighting bulls in the third bull run of the San Fermin festival in Spain

Navarra Hospital chief Dr Javier Sesma said the five were treated for bruises but no-one was gored in today's 8am run in Pamplona.

An Australian was gored yesterday and two Americans and a Briton were gored in the first run on Tuesday.

The nationally televised run sees people racing with six bulls, each weighing some 1,100lb (500kg), along a narrow 930-yard (850m) course from a holding pen to the city bull ring. Today's run lasted 2 minutes, 27 seconds.

The nine-day fiesta was immortalised in Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel The Sun Also Rises and attracts thousands of foreign tourists.

During today's run, one bull charged into a group of some 20 participants, tossing and butting many, but did not gore anyone.

In another incident, a bull hurled a runner to the ground after hooking a horn in the man's T-shirt from behind.

The bulls are killed by professional matadors in bullfights each afternoon during the festival.

Bull runs are a traditional part of summer festivals across Spain. Dozens are injured each year, mostly in falls.

Two men died recently after being gored by bulls in Spanish festivals - one last Saturday in the eastern town of Grao de Castellon and another on June 24 in the south-western town of Coria.

In all, 15 people have died from gorings in Pamplona since record-keeping began in 1924 for the San Fermin festival.

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