Three gored in bloody bull run

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - WORLD -

PAM­PLONA: Three men were gored by half-ton bulls as they raced through Spain’s north­ern city of Pam­plona yes­ter­day, the blood­i­est run of this year’s cel­e­brated San Fer­min fes­ti­val.

The three run­ners, a 20-yearold Amer­i­can and two Spa­niards, aged 31 and 42, were raced to hos­pi­tal, re­gional health of­fi­cials said. An­other three peo­ple, in­clud­ing a 48-year-old Amer­i­can, were also taken to hos­pi­tal with in­juries suf­fered in falls dur­ing the sixth bull run of the hugely pop­u­lar fes­ti­val.

The bull run turned danger­ous when a half-ton black bull, part of the gal­lop­ing herd of six sharp- horned bulls and six steers, sep­a­rated from the pack and charged into run­ners. The lone bull charged the 31-year-old and tossed him around the ground in a 30- sec­ond tus­sle, caus­ing his pants to come off.

The man, from the town of Morella in eastern Spain, des­per­ately clung to one of the bull’s horns, while two run­ners tried to pull the beast away by the tail.

Two oth­ers then grabbed the man by the feet and pulled him away to safety. The run­ner was gored three times, re­ceiv­ing in­juries to the leg and groin.

An iso­lated bull is more danger­ous be­cause it can be­come dis­ori­en­tated and is more likely to charge. The bull then knocked an­other run­ner near the en­trance to the bull ring, send­ing him reel­ing against the wooden fence that lines the route.

Hun­dreds of run­ners, most dressed in white with red ker­chiefs, joined in the 848.6m dash through the city’s wind­ing, cob­bled streets from a cor­ral to the bull ring. The six bulls from the El Pi­lar ranch in the prov­ince of Sala­manca com­pleted the course in four min­utes and 57 sec­onds, the slow­est bull-fun so far this year. The an­i­mals, which weigh be­tween 510kg and 575kg, will be killed by mata­dors in an af­ter­noon bull­fight.

Fif­teen peo­ple have been killed in the bull runs since records started in 1911. The most re­cent death took place four years ago. – Sapa-AFP

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