2 injured in annual Pamplona bull run
July 7, 1997
Web posted at: 1:59 p.m. EDT (1759 GMT)
PAMPLONA, Spain (CNN) -- A Spaniard was gored in the thigh
and an English visitor was injured in a fall Monday in the
first bull run of the annual San Fermin festival.
Hundreds of people sprinted down Pamplona's cobblestone
streets, dodging the six bulls as they were released from the
Juan Jesus Larraya Camino, a 31-year-old Pamplona native, was
in serious condition at Navarra Hospital after a bull's horn
left him with a 10-inch gash in his right leg.
Paul Fleming, 25, of London, was treated and released for a
neck injury, apparently suffered during a pile-up of the
mainly young runners.
The festival opened Sunday with the firing of a rocket
signaling thousands of revelers to uncork champagne bottles
and begin nine days of celebration, highlighted by the bull
run each morning.
The running of the bulls originated in 1591, when daredevils
began running alongside the animals when they were being
driven through the town to a bullfight. The bulls are fought
by professional matadors later in the day.
Tens of thousands of tourists from several continents now
converge on the celebration of Pamplona's patron saint, San
Fermin. Ernest Hemingway wrote about the running of the bulls
in his novel, "The Sun Also Rises."
At least 13 people have been killed in bull runs over the
years, the latest a 22-year-old American who was gored to
death in 1995.
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