Australian injured in Pamplona bull run

7th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

A Spaniard and an Australian were injured Wednesday on the second day of the San Fermin bull festival in the Spanish city of Pamplona, organisers said.

The Australian is aged 18 and comes from Melbourne while the 20-year-old Spaniard hailed from the northern city of Saragossa, a spokesman said. Both were taken to hospital.

The festival spokesman would not give details on the injuries suffered but said neither was believed to have been touched by the bulls' horns.

The bull run spectacle, popularised by Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises", involves runners trying to outrace six bulls released every day to run from their corral through the old town's narrow, cobbled stone streets.

The bull runs have claimed 15 lives since 1911 and each year dozens of runners are injured.

Last year, a bull gored a 27-year-old Spaniard to death, piercing his neck, heart and lungs with its horns in front of the hordes of tourists.

© 2010 AFP

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