Four more hurt in Spanish bull run

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The running of the bulls in Pamplona on Sunday left a Canadian and three Spaniards injured, one of them the latest of a handful of men to be gored in this year's edition of the famous festival.

A 37-year-old native of the northern Spanish city, who is a seasoned runner with the bulls, was gored in the right thigh but his wound was not serious, the regional government said on its website.

Two other Spaniards and a 23-year-old Canadian suffered light injuries, mostly from falling while running with the bulls through the old town's narrow, cobbled stone streets.

Sunday's run, the fifth of eight during the San Fermin festival which ends on July 14, was described by officials as "clean" despite there being a large number of runners with the animals.

The traditional bull run is held daily at 8:00 am (0600 GMT) along an 825-metre (2,706-foot) course during the annual festival.

Popularised internationally by Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises", the event involves runners trying to outrace six bulls released to run from their corral through the streets.

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

A 20-year-old British man was gored on the third run 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

1 Comment To This Article

  • Redbull posted:

    on 14th July 2010, 20:38:11 - Reply

    Hi Redbull here,

    I always root for us bulls. If these dip shites are stupid enough to tease us and run with us, they need a good goring! Also, since they don't seem to care that we die for their sport, I cheer my buddies on when one has the luck to stick some dumb a s s onto the end of his horn. We bulls laugh loudest when one of these stupid wankers gets his nadz yanked off or we get a clean shot at a kill.