Monday, 9 July 2012
3 Gored At Running Of The Bulls
Thousands of daredevil runners charged for the third day ahead of six fighting bulls of the annual San Fermin festival on Monday, when the three were gored by an animal that broke free from the pack just before entering the city's bullring, a Navarre regional government statement said.
The bull charged the runners as they huddled on the ground beside a wooden fence, trying to protect themselves from the beast. After several moments of tension, the animal was lured away by stick-wielding cowherds. None of the three was seriously injured.
The morning runs are the highlight of the annual San Fermin festival, which became world famous with the publication of Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises."
The regional government said one Briton, aged 20, was gored in the right leg while the other, aged 29, was gored in the left leg. The American, 38, from Philadelphia, was gored in the right calf muscle.