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Three runners have been impaled by bulls in Spain, including an American.
The injuries occurred on Monday, July 11, during the fifth running of the bulls at the Festival San Fermín in Pamplona — a city in northern Spain, according to the Associated Press.
Every 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 kicked off on Wednesday, July 6.
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Three more bull runs are scheduled this week until the festival’s conclusion on Thursday, July 14, the Associated Press reports.
According to José Aldaba, a Spanish Red Cross employee who spoke to Spanish national television shortly after the event, one man was allegedly gored by a bull while running in the street and the other two were killed in the run at the end of the run. arena stabbed.
An American man, identified by the initials MT, was one of the biggest victims of the festival, according to the New York Post.
Local officials reportedly said MT is 25 years old and is from Sunshine, Florida.
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The other two victims who were impaled were said to be 29 years old from Spain.
Three others were also injured during the running of the bulls, but they only kissed with bruises, a Red Cross spokesman told the Associated Press.
None of the injured are said to be in serious condition.
The bull run reportedly lasted three minutes and involved six bulls and hundreds of human runners.
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The annual festival of Saint Fermín is meant to honor Pamplona’s patron saint, Saint Fermín, who is said to have lived in the third century.
According to local legends, Saint Fermín was persecuted for his faith and was killed when his captors tied him to a bull. The animal would have dragged him to death.
The Spanish bull-running tradition, originally unrelated to the Festival of Saint Fermín, began in the 13th century. Over time, the two events came together, according to the festival’s website.
The week-long bull run, which usually lasts from July 7 to July 14, is now known as Saint Fermín Encierro – Saint Fermín Running of the Bulls.
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Crowds have gathered at this year’s running of the bulls after COVID-19 forced organizers to cancel the event in 2020 and 2021.
Records from 1910 show that dozens of people were impaled while participating in the Pamplona bull run and 16 people died in the run. The last death occurred in 2009, according to reports.