Three injured at the fifth bull run in Pamplona

An American and two Spaniards were injured Monday during the dangerous fifth bull run of the famous Spanish bull run through the cobbled streets of Pamplona.

The bulls broke into separate groups, and one of them lagged behind the rest, which made the run even more unpredictable for runners trying to get out of the way.

A few daredevils slipped or stumbled as the bulls raced through the narrow streets of the bull run route.

Television images showed one bull repeatedly tossing one runner into the air.

The 29-year-old Spaniard was shot in the knee and two other men were injured in the arena of the northern city at the end of the race, Navarre’s regional government said in a statement. statement.

One of them, a 25-year-old resident of Florida, was shot in the leg, and the other, a 29-year-old Spaniard, who was wounded in the groin.

Three other runners were taken to hospital with injuries sustained from falls while running.

Six bulls and six bulls raced the roughly 850 meters (2,800 ft) track from the paddock to the city’s bullring in three minutes and 12 seconds.

The bulls that run every morning are killed by professional matadors in the afternoon bullfights.

The first beating at this year’s festival came on Saturday, when a bull’s horn pierced the 39-year-old Spaniard’s buttocks.

Monday was the fifth of eight bull runs planned for the festival. They are followed by booze, food and concerts for the rest of the day.

The nationally televised morning runs are the culmination of a nine-day festival made world famous by Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 novel The Sun Also Rises.

Officials have canceled the hugely popular event in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The festival was canceled for the first time since the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939.

Since 1910, sixteen people have died in the bull run. The last death occurred in 2009, injuring a 27-year-old Spaniard in the neck, heart and lungs.

His parents left a bouquet of flowers on the bull run on Sunday, the 13th anniversary of his death.