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Three runners were gored by cops in Spain, including an American.
The injuries happened on Monday, July 11, during the fifth bull run at the San Fermín Festival in Pamplona – a city in northern Spain, according to the Associated Press.
Each year, participants in the Running of the Bulls sprint alongside the horned cattle as they lead the animals through the city streets to the city’s bullring.
So far, the three gorings are the first of the 2022 festival, which began on Wednesday July 6th.
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According to the Associated Press, three more bull runs are planned this week leading up to the end of the festival on Thursday, July 14.
One man was reportedly gored by a bull as he ran down the street and the other two were gored at the end of the run in the bullring, according to José Aldaba, a worker with the Spanish Red Cross who died shortly after the Spanish Red Cross incident national television spoke.
According to the New York Post, an American identified by the initials MT was one of the festival’s victims.
Local officials reportedly said MT was 25 and a native of Sunshine, Florida.
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The other two victims who were impaled are said to be 29 years old from Spain.
Three others were also injured during the bull run, but they only escaped with bruises, a Red Cross spokesman told the Associated Press.
It is believed that none of the injured are in serious condition.
The bull run reportedly lasted three minutes and included six bulls and hundreds of human runners.
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The annual feast of Saint Fermín is said to honor the patron saint of Pamplona, Saint Fermín, who reportedly lived in the third century.
According to local legends, Saint Fermín was persecuted for his faith and killed when his captors tied him to a bull. The animal is said to have dragged him to death.
Spain’s tradition of running the bulls, originally unrelated to the feast of Saint Fermín, began in the 13th century. Over time, the two events converged, according to the festival’s website.
The week-long running of the bulls, which typically runs from July 7th to 14th, is now known as Saint Fermín Encierro – Saint Fermín Running of the Bulls.
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Crowds have gathered at this year’s Bull Run after COVID-19 forced organizers to cancel the event in 2020 and 2021.
Records from 1910 show that dozens of people taking part in the Pamplona Bull Run were gored and 16 people lost their lives running. The last fatality reportedly occurred in 2009.