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Australian woman gored as Pamplona bull runners injured for third day running


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Australian woman gored as Pamplona bull runners injured for third day running

Five more people were taken to hospital on Sunday after being injured in Spain’s San Fermin bull run in Pamplona.

They include a 23-year-old Australian woman who underwent surgery after being gored in the chest. Her condition is described as “serious”. She suffered several fractured ribs and damage to her right lung, according to a medical report released by authorities.

A Spanish teenager was left in a serious condition after a pile-up at the bullring entrance on Saturday, while three men were gored on Friday.

The bull run is believed to date to the 13th century but is known to have continued virtually every year since 1592, when the festival was shifted from September to July. People are thought to have joined the running herd sometime in the 1800s.

The festival, which runs for one week, was made famous internationally by Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 novel ‘The Sun Also Rises’, and it attracts thousands of foreign visitors.

The San Fermin bull run came under state regulation in 1867 and there have been 14 deaths there over the past century.

The last person to die was a 27-year-old from Madrid gored in the neck by a bull in 2009.

Runners dress all in white with red neckerchiefs and many spectators stay up drinking all night in bars beforehand. After the run, bulls are usually killed by bullfighters in the ring.

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