2 men gored as they run with bulls at the Spanish festival in Pamplona

Thousands of runners, most wearing the traditional white shirt and trousers with a red belt and scarf, rushed to avoid the charging animals.

People run in the street with fighting bulls and oxen during the running of the bulls at the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, ​​northern Spain, July 9, 2022. (AP)

The third bullfight of the Festivities of San Fermín in Pamplona ended on Saturday with the first bullfights of the year.

Two men suffered leg injuries from a bull’s horn, Pamplona hospital spokeswoman Estrella Petrina said. A total of seven people had to be treated in hospital after Saturday’s bullfight.

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.

Pamplona’s incredibly popular festival, which was made known to the English-speaking world thanks to Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 novel The sun also risesattracts tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world.

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.

Saturday’s bull run was the third of eight scheduled for this year. There were no gorings the first two days.

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.

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