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'Expert' on surviving bull run gored in Pamplona

By Staff Reporter

An American who co-wrote a book called How To Survive The Bulls Of Pamplona has become one of their victims after he was gored at the festival.

Bill Hillmann, a 32-year-old from Chicago and a longtime participant in the nine-day Pamplona street party, was gored twice in the right thigh during one of the daily bull runs, organisers said.

The injury was serious but not life-threatening, the Navarra regional government said.

A 35-year-old Spaniard from Valencia was also in serious condition after being gored in the chest during the same run on the festival's third day.

Photographs showed Mr Hillmann – dressed in the San Fermin event's traditional white with a red neckerchief – being gored on the ground by a black bull as other runners scattered.

Tension spiked when the bull became separated from the pack in the final stretch.

British writer Alexander Fiske-Harrison, one of Mr Hillmann's co-authors and a fellow runner, said on his blog that the bull turned back and charged at runners.

Mr Hillmann's wife Enid was at the hospital with her husband, Mr Fiske-Harrison said.

Yesterday, authorities said a 23-year-old man from Nottingham was in serious condition with chest injuries and rib fractures

The man – identified only by his initials, TH – was hurt in the second running, along with a Japanese man and a Spaniard.

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