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One man gored, seven injured in Pamplona bull run

Published 09/07/2016

Revellers run during the third running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, northern Spain (AP)
Revellers run during the third running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, northern Spain (AP)

At least one man has been gored and seven other runners injured in an unusual third day running of the bulls at Pamplona's San Fermin festival.

One of the six bulls used in the run on Saturday was late coming out of the gate.

Another got separated from the pack early in the race, did a U-turn and gored a nearby runner, lifting his body off the ground, creating moments of fear and tension.

Once the bull gained steam again, he was harassed by runners on his way to the bullring.

More than 1,000 people took part in the run, which lasted just over four minutes, about one-and-a-half times longer than usual.

One man was gored in the thorax but his condition is stable, Navarra Hospital said, while seven others were injured in falls and suffered bruising.

Falls were frequent among participants, who packed the narrow streets.

Bulls also tripped over themselves on the slippery stone-cobbled surface, as curves tightened and running lanes were scarcer as the race progressed.

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

The nine-day San Fermin fiesta became world famous with Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel The Sun Also Rises and attracts thousands of foreign tourists.

Ten people were gored in the San Fermin festival last year.

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

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