Spain's San Fermin bull-running week kicks off without gorings

by Garry Watts July 9, 2016, 1:38
Spain's San Fermin bull-running week kicks off without gorings

The run has been criticised for lasting almost six minutes, more than double the usual running time.

Dramatic TV images showed two half-ton bulls attacking runners after becoming separated from the pack as it sprinted through the streets of Pamplona in northern Spain.

Canadian man is listed in serious condition after he was gored in the famous running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. Other runners pulled the animal's tail in a desperate attempt to get it away from the injured person.

The 5 minute 46 second run featured six bulls from the Cebada Gago ranch, known for the ferocity of its animals.

The run ended at the Monumental bullring, where the bulls will face matadors in a traditional fight Thursday afternoon.

Around 2000 participants ("mozos") sprinted down the 875-metre course in front of six charging bulls and six tamed bulls that weighed between 510 and 630 kilograms. Revelers from around the world arrive in Pamplona every year to take part, during the eight days of the running of the bulls.

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Ten people, including four Americans, were gored in the San Fermin festival a year ago.

The Running of the Bulls held in Pamplona sees the animals and thousands of people run down narrow streets where they are led to the ring where the bulls fight to the death.

Five people were gored as bulls spread panic on the second day of Spain's San Fermin festival.

In all, 15 people have died from being gored at the festival since record-keeping began in 1924.

The 22-year-old poured gallons of fake blood over herself while wearing just her underwear and a bull horn headband as part of the demonstration organised by Spanish charity's AnimaNaturalis and PETA.

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