Jose Tomas makes triumphant comeback to bullring in Spain

23rd July 2011, Comments 0 comments

Acclaimed Spanish bullfighter Jose Tomas made a triumphant comeback to the bullring Saturday, receiving a standing ovation more than a year after a bloody goring in Mexico that almost killed him.

The 35-year-old, wearing a purple and gold outfit, offered his first bull of the night, a 502-kilogramme beast, to the doctors who had helped him recover.

He was less successful with his second bull, a 556-kilo four-and-a-half-year-old, but delighted the sell-out crowd of 11,000, many of whom had traveled from overseas to see the spectacle in the eastern city of Valencia.

Tomas was seriously gored and almost died in a bullfight April 24 last year in Aguasclientes, Mexico.

A 470-kilo (1,000-pound) bull named Navegante, his second bull of the evening, thrust its horn into the muscle of Tomas's left thigh, puncturing the artery and causing the bullfighter to lose about half of his blood.

In September he will be able to fight at Barcelona's Monumental ring in what may be the last La Merced festival before a bullfighting ban in the Catalonia region comes into force next year.

© 2011 AFP

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