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American gored in penultimate Pamplona bull run

Published 13/07/2016

An injured reveller is tended to by medics during the seventh running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain (AP)
An injured reveller is tended to by medics during the seventh running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain (AP)

An American has been gored and five other runners injured in the penultimate running of the bulls at Pamplona's San Fermin festival.

One of the six bulls crashed into a group of runners close to a fence, goring Mathew Labin, 39, in the thigh and lifting at least two others in the air with its horns.

The Navarra regional government said Mr Labin's condition was not serious. His passport showed he was born in New Jersey.

Four Spaniards were treated in hospitals for bruises. Navarra Hospital said another American, Jake Ramirez, 53, was treated for an ankle injury and released.

More than a thousand people took part in the 8am dash with six fighting bulls and their accompanying steer along a 930-yard street course to the city's bull ring. The bulls then face matadors and almost certain death in afternoon bullfights.

The nationally televised run lasted two-and-a-half minutes.

The nine-day fiesta, known also for its 24-hour street partying, became world famous with Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel The Sun Also Rises, and attracts thousands of foreign tourists.

Bull runs are a traditional part of summer festivals across Spain.

Twelve people have been gored since the runs started on July 7. In all, 15 people have died from being gored at the festival since record-keeping began in 1924.

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