Pamplona says no one gored after all 3rd day of running the bulls

PAMPLONA, Spain — Thousands of thrill-seekers avoided getting gored during the San Fermín festival bull run in Pamplona on Saturday, officials said, revising an initial report that bull horns stabbed two men.

Spanish city officials have corrected the Pamplona hospital’s preliminary report to state that a man had been scratched on the buttocks but not pierced by a horn.

After the morning run through the narrow streets ended, another man suffered a laceration when a feral cow was unleashed into the city’s bullring for individuals to test their escape maneuvers, according to the update.

A total of seven men – six Spaniards and a Frenchman – were to be treated in hospital, authorities said. None of the injuries appeared serious.

Although it turned out no one was skewered, the main event produced close calls for the human runners. Some of the massive bulls chose to shove people in their path instead of running through them with a potentially deadly horn.

Several runners have been trampled or knocked down by the half-dozen bulls and six tame oxen that guide them along the 875-meter (956-yard) course through Pamplona’s old quarter.

There were also no gorings on the first two days of this year’s festival. Saturday’s bull run was the third of eight scheduled and lasted 2.5 minutes.

Thousands of runners, most wearing the traditional white shirt and trousers with a red belt and scarf, rushed to avoid the charging animals. Many found themselves piled on top of each other on the narrow cobbled streets of the course.

Only expert runners can sprint short distances just past a bull’s horns before pulling away at the last moment.

The collective adrenaline rush of the bull run is followed by general hedonism with people drinking, eating, attending concerts and partying late into the night.

The six bulls that run each morning are killed in bullfights by professional bullfighters later that day. The Pamplona bullring celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.

Eight people were gored in 2019, the last festival before a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sixteen people have died in the bullfights of Pamplona since 1910, the last fatality in 2009.

The Pamplona Festival, which rose to prominence in the English-speaking world thanks to Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 novel ‘The Sun Also Rises’, attracts tens of thousands of visitors from around the world.

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