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Pamplona Bull Gorings: Briton Among Six Injured At Spanish Festival

The bulls later face certain death in afternoon bullfights

08/07/2016 15:33 | Updated 08 July 2016

A 35-year-old Briton is among six people who were gored in a running of the bulls at Pamplona’s San Fermin festival.

Those gored also include a 58-year-old Spaniard and a 73-year-old South African man, who are both in a serious condition.

The Navarra regional government said eight others were also taken to city hospitals for other injuries suffered in the run.

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A reveler is gored by a Cebada Gago's ranch fighting bull during the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, 8 July 

Several of the six bulls used in the run got separated from the pack moments into the 8am run and began charging whatever came in sight.

One runner could be seen pulling a bull away by the horn to prevent him goring a woman and a man who had fallen to the ground. Another beast repeatedly tossed a man in the air before being lured away by other runners.

More than a thousand people took part in the run, which lasted nearly six minutes, more than twice the normal running time.

The bulls used on Friday weighed between 530 and 650 kg (1,170-1,430 lbs).

The nine-day fiesta became world famous with Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 novel “The Sun Also Rises” and attracts thousands of foreign tourists.

Runners dash along with six bulls down a narrow 930-yard (850-meter) course from a holding pen to Pamplona’s bull ring. The bulls later face almost certain death in afternoon bullfights.

Bull runs, or “encierros” as they are called in Spanish, are a traditional part of summer festivals across Spain. Dozens of people are injured in the runs, mostly in falls.

Ten people, including four Americans, were gored in the San Fermin festival last year.

In all, 15 people have died from gorings in the festival since record-keeping began in 1924.

  • Alvaro Barrientos/AP
    An injured reveler is helped by medical assistants during the cow's festival in the bull ring at the end of the second running of the bulls, at the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, northern Spain, Friday, July 8, 2016. Revelers from around the world come to Pamplona every year to take part in the eight days of the running of the bulls. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
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    Peruvian bullfighter Andres Roca Rey covers his head after being gored by a bull during a bullfight of the 2016 San Fermin fiestas in Pamplona, Spain, Thursday, July 7, 2016. Revelers from around the world arrive in Pamplona every year to take part, during the eight days of the running of the bulls. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
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    Spanish bullfighter Miguel Abellan performs with a Fuente Ymbro ranch fighting bull during a bullfight of the 2016 San Fermin fiestas in Pamplona, Spain, Thursday, July 7, 2016. Revelers from around the world arrive in Pamplona every year to take part, during the eight days of the running of the bulls. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
  • Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP
    A Cebada Gago's ranch fighting bull chases revelers during the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, Friday, July 8, 2016. A hospital official says five people were gored by fighting bulls in a hair-raising second running of the bulls at Pamplona's San Fermin festival. Several of the six bulls used in the run Friday got separated from the pack and began charging whatever came in sight, creating many moments of fear and tension. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
  • Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP
    A reveler is gored by a Cebada Gago's ranch fighting bull during the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, Friday, July 8, 2016. A hospital official says five people were gored by fighting bulls in a hair-raising second running of the bulls at Pamplona's San Fermin festival. Several of the six bulls used in the run Friday got separated from the pack and began charging whatever came in sight, creating many moments of fear and tension. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
  • Alvaro Barrientos/AP
    A cow crosses below shakehands of two revelers during the cow's festival at the end of the second running of the bulls at the San Fermin Festival, in Pamplona, norther Spain, Friday, July 8, 2016. Revelers from around the world arrive to Pamplona every year to take part in some of the eight days of the running of the bulls. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
  • Alvaro Barrientos/AP
    A cow jumps over revelers during the cow's festival at the end of the second running of the bulls at the San Fermin Festival, in Pamplona, norther Spain, Friday, July 8, 2016. Revelers from around the world come to Pamplona every year to take part in the eight days of the running of the bulls. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
  • Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP
    A Cebada Gago's ranch fighting bull chase revelers during the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, Friday, July 8, 2016. A hospital official says five people were gored by fighting bulls in a hair-raising second running of the bulls at Pamplona's San Fermin festival. Several of the six bulls used in the run Friday got separated from the pack and began charging whatever came in sight, creating many moments of fear and tension. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
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