Briton gored in Spanish bull run

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A British man was in hospital Friday awaiting surgery after being gored by a bull on the third day of Pamplona's famous bull run, officials said.

The unidentified 20-year-old needed surgery on the wound in his left thigh which doctors said was serious following the morning bull run, the third run of the nine day festival, which was described as "tense and dangerous."

A British man aged 39 and a 46-year-old Spaniard also suffered injuries but were not seriously hurt during the run in which one bull broke from the herd, according to organisers.

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. Both were being treated in hospital, the officials said.

The traditional bull run is held daily at 8:00 am (06H00 GMT) along an 825-metre (2,706-foot) course during the nine-day festival which opened Wednesday and ends on July 12.

Popularised by Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises", the event 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.

The festival also features a range of concerts, street parties and dances, and the revelers' nightly ritual of spraying each other with red wine.

© 2010 AFP

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