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Three runners were gored by bulls in Spain, including an American.
The injuries occurred on Monday July 11 during the fifth running of the bulls at the San Fermín Festival in Pamplona – a city in northern Spain, according to The Associated Press.
Each year, participants in the running of the bulls sprint alongside the horned cattle as they guide the animals through the city streets to the city bullring.
So far, the three gorings are the first of the 2022 festival, which kicked off on Wednesday, July 6.
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There are three more bullfights scheduled for this week until the festival ends on Thursday, July 14, reports The Associated Press.
One man was allegedly gored by a bull as he ran down the street and the other two were gored inside the bullring at the end of the race, according to Spanish Red Cross worker José Aldaba who spoke to Spanish national television shortly after the event.
An American, who was identified with the initials MT, was one of the victims of the festival, according to the New York Post.
Local officials reportedly said MT was 25 years old and from Sunshine, Florida.
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The two other victims who were gored are said to be 29 years old and from Spain.
Three other people were also injured in the bullfight but escaped with only bruises, a Red Cross spokesperson told The Associated Press.
None of the injured appear to be in serious condition.
The bullfight reportedly lasted three minutes and included six bulls and hundreds of human runners.
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The annual Festival of Saint Fermín is meant to honor the patron saint of Pamplona, Saint Fermín, who is said to have lived in the 3rd century.
According to local legends, Saint Fermín was persecuted for his faith and was killed when his captors tied him to a bull. The animal would have dragged him to death.
The Spanish tradition of bullfighting, which originally had no connection with the feast of Saint Fermín, began in the 13th century. Over time, the two events converged, according to the festival’s website.
The week-long bull run, which usually lasts from July 7 to 14, is now known as Saint Fermín Encierro – Saint Fermín Running of the Bulls.
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Crowds gathered at this year’s running of the bulls after COVID-19 forced organizers to cancel the event in 2020 and 2021.
Records dating back to 1910 show that dozens of people were gored while taking part in the Pamplona bullfight and that 16 people lost their lives running. The last death occurred in 2009, according to reports.