A runner is gored by a Miura fighting bull at Estafeta corner during the eighth running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona. REUTERS/Vincent West
A bull gored three men after breaking away from the pack
chasing crowds through the streets of Pamplona in the closing
run of Spain's San Fermin festival.
The animal charged several runners in the town, lifting at
least two of them off the ground on its horns and ripping
through their legs.
Two Australian men were wounded - one of them, a 26-year-old,
seriously - alongside a Spaniard, 21, from the surrounding
Navarra region, said authorities.
For a week every July, hundreds of people dressed in white
with red scarves join the daily "encierros", when bulls chase
them through the town's narrow streets into the bull ring in
a festival that has grown into a global tourist attraction.
Several men have already been gored this year but Monday's
run, the eighth and last, was particularly brutal.
Other participants tried to distract the bull - one of a pack
of six - and eventually herded it into the ring. The runs
usually last between three to five minutes, and the bulls
then appear in an evening bullfight, when they are killed.
Four other people, including one woman, were taken to
hospital on Monday with injuries, medical authorities said.
Nine men, one of them a 23-year-old Briton, were still in
hospital on Monday recovering from injuries from the past
week, according to the Navarra region's hospital authorities.
Another of the injured was Bill Hillmann, an American who
co-wrote a book called "Fiesta: How To Survive The Bulls of
Pamplona". He was gored in the thigh after he tripped and
Many participants drink and dance all night before taking
part in the 8am (local time) event, though local authorities
have tried to clamp down on reckless behaviour in recent
Spanish media said over the weekend that Pamplona police were
looking for a young man who was photographed trying to get a
dangerous "selfie" photo of himself on his phone as he ran
inches in front of the bulls.
He could be fined up to 3000 euros if they find he endangered
A 27-year-old man from Madrid was the last person to be
killed during a Pamplona bull run after being gored in the
neck in 2009. There have been 14 fatalities over the past
century at the fiesta, which dates back to the 13th century
and was depicted in Ernest Hemingway's novel "The Sun Also
Few women take part in the run.