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2 gored in 3rd bull run at Spain's San Fermin

July 9, 2014
Associated Press

PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — Fighting bulls gored an American and a Spaniard in a hair-raising third running of the bulls Wednesday at Spain's San Fermin festival.

A Navarra regional government statement said the American, a 32-year-old from Chicago, was gored in the right thigh. He was identified only by his initials B.H.

The statement said a 35-year-old Spaniard was gored in the chest.

Three other Spaniards who fell during the run were treated in hospitals in Pamplona for their injuries.

Several thousand people, many dressed in the traditional white with red neckerchiefs, took part in the nationally televised 8 a.m. run in which they race six fighting bulls and accompanying steer along a 930-yard (850-meter) course from a holding pen to Pamplona's bull ring.

Tension soared when one bull got separated from the pack in the final 100 meters and tried to charge runners on all sides. In one moment the beast could be seen poking at a runner who had sought protection under a wooden barrier.

Dozens of people are injured each year in the runs, most of them in falls.

Fifteen people have died from gorings since record-keeping began in 1924.

The bulls are invariably killed in afternoon bullfights in the ring.

The nine-day street-partying festival was immortalized in Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises" and attracts thousands of foreign tourists.

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