Four runners gored during running of the bulls festival in Pamplona

Four runners gored during running of the bulls festival in Pamplona


 Four runners were taken to hospital at the start of the famous San Fermin festival this morning  One man was gored in the bottom while three others were trampled in the opening run in the Spanish city of Pamplona  A 20-year-old Canadian had a leg injury while the others in hospital are Spaniards, aged 22, 38 and 40  The 38-year-old was the one who was gored while the 40-year-old sustained serious traumatic injuries  The injury toll was announced shortly after the opening run in the cobbled streets of the Old Town  The festival was complicated by rain, which fell shortly before the start and made the streets more slippery North Korea says US are like ‘gangsters’ after ‘regrettable’ nuclear talks Two of the six fighting bulls became separated from the pack at the start of the half-mile course  The animals completed the run in just over two and a half minutes, despite a pile-up in the tunnel leading into the bull ring at the end of the course  The pile-up was caused when a runner fell and several people behind toppled into him, ending up on the ground  The San Fermin festival kicked off yesterday with the traditional ‘chupinazo’.  Revellers wearing red and white were quickly soaked in sangria as the event got underway  The eight morning runs, called encierros in Spanish, form the highlight of the nine-day festival British girl, 5, has spent all life in prison after mum convicted of drug trafficking Most revellers party all day – and often all night – with many getting little sleep and sometimes none at all before watching the 8am encierros behind the safety of wooden barriers  Sixteen people have been killed at the annual San Fermin festival, made famous by 1926 Ernest Hemingway novel ‘The Sun Also Rises’, since records began in 1910  The most recent death was in 2009 when 27-year-old Daniel Jimeno, from Madrid, was gored in the neck by a bull called Capuchino  Several foreigners, from Australians to Americans through to Brits and Irish, are normally among the injured  Last year 51 people including an Irishman were taken to hospital after being injured in the morning runs  

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