Pamplona – A 24-year-old Australian man was gored in the right leg here Friday during the San Fermin festival's second running of the bulls, while seven other people suffered minor injuries.
According to a medical update by the Hospital de Navarra in this northern Spanish city, the Australian man suffered a severe goring in his right thigh from one of the bulls, resulting in damage to one of his saphenous veins.
The man, who was injured inside the bullring after apparently taunting one of the animals, received emergency first aid at that facility's infirmary before being taking to the Pamplona hospital.
Bulls from the Jose Cebada Gago ranch, which regularly participate in the San Fermin festival, completed the 850-meter (approximately half-mile) run from the Santo Domingo stockyard to the bullring in just over three minutes.
Pamplona's eight morning bull runs, which conclude next Thursday, are tension- and emotion-filled and occasionally result in tragedy, with 15 people having been killed since statistics began to be kept in the early 20th century and many others having suffered gorings and other injuries.
The run to the bullring is especially dangerous because some people take part in the event after all-night drinking binges, which makes them reckless and more likely to get too close to the animals weighing in excess of 500 kilos (1,100 pounds).
The running of the bulls is monitored by experts who control the route and try to prevent accidents, but, inevitably, runners fall, suffer cuts and bruises, and are even gored by the animals.
As many as 1 million visitors from around the world descend on Pamplona during the festival - many of them Americans but also Frenchmen, Britons, Italians, Germans and Latin Americans.
The festival, begun about 400 years ago, was popularized by Ernest Hemingway in his 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises."
A total of 2.7 million euros ($3.8 million) was budgeted this year for the festival, whose program includes 342 music shows, 137 family activities and 33 bull-related events.