Three hurt in Spanish bull run

12th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

Three Spanish nationals were injured Monday during the sixth bull run of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, northern Spain, the regional government said.

All of the suffered bruises in falls while running through the narrow, twisting cobbled streets of the old town of the city pursued by the bulls, a government statement said.

The run, which took just two minutes and 17 seconds, was described by organisers as "very fast".

San Fermin, which was immortalized by Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises", attracts tourists from all over the world. It ends on Wednesday.

On each day of the festival six bulls are released at 8:00 a.m. (0600 GMT) to run from their corral over an 825-metre (yard) course to the bullring where they face matadors in the afternoon.

Fifteen people have been killed since 1911 in the bull run, which is broadcast live on Spanish television.

The festival also features concerts, street parties and dances.

A 37-year-old native of Pamplona was gored in the right thigh on Sunday while a 20-year-old British man was gored on Friday and needed surgery to his left thigh.

On Thursday a 43-year-old man from Ireland was gored through his left leg while a 21-year-old Spaniard was gored in the chest.

© 2010 AFP

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