Photo: San Fermin festival
Three men were injured but none were gored in the sixth running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival on Saturday in the northern Spanish city of Pamplona, featuring bulls from the Fuente Ymbro estate.
Two of the injured, who were taken to the Navarre Hospital Complex, have been looked after for bruises to the right arm, according to the medical report from the hospital.
The third injured runner, who was taken to the same hospital complex, was badly bruised on his right leg.
In this sixth running, which was clean, quick and with a huge crowd, the fighting bulls got off to a fast start led by a black bull and a tawny one that tossed a young man in the first stretch of the chase.
Bulls slipped and fell repeatedly on the wet ground throughout the run, though none were completely left behind by the pack, which reached the bullring in a speedy 2 minutes, 40 seconds from beginning to end.
Fighting bulls of the stockbreeder Fuente Ymbro were also those that took part in the dramatic running of the bulls on July 13, 2013, which saw a massive pile-up of runners at the entrance to the bullring.
The heap of runners formed a human wall that the bulls crashed into and found themselves immobilized among the runners for a few agonizing moments, though luckily they did not gore the men, two of whom suffered cracked ribs.
The bulls will be fought Saturday afternoon at the Pamplona bullring by toreros Juan Jose Padilla, Pepe Moral and Jimenez Fortes.
Known around the world for the daily running of the bulls, the San Fermin festival started last Sunday with the firing of the traditional “chupinazo” rocket at city hall.
The run through the medieval streets of Pamplona’s historic center is especially dangerous because some runners take part in the event after all-night drinking binges.
The San Fermin festival, whose current mix of street revelry and religion dates to 1590, was popularized by Ernest Hemingway in his 1926 novel “The Sun Also Rises.”