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Woman Gored During Final Bull Run at Spain's San Fermin Festival

Monday, 15 Jul 2013 06:44 AM

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An Australian woman was gored and seriously injured on Sunday during the final bull run at the annual San Fermin festival in Spain.

Four other runners were hospitalized with cuts and bruises, The Associated Press reported.

The 23-year-old woman, identified only as J.E., was gored in the back and suffered multiple rib fractures and damage to her right lung that left her in "very grave" condition after an operation at Navarra Hospital, said the regional government that organizes the festival.

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The woman was struck by a massive Miura bull as she clung to wooden barriers outside the bullring entrance, said regional health authority spokesman Javier Sesma.

It is very rare for women to be gored during the annual festival. Javier Solano, a San Fermin expert working for national broadcaster TVE, said records showed only two other women had been injured by gorings in the recent history of the fiesta.

The four injured runners who were tossed by bulls or fell as they ran were identified as a 39-year-old man from California, a 23-year-old man from Madrid and two men from Navarra, said the regional government organizers. None of those injuries were serious.

Dramatic confrontations between runners and bulls had occurred during the previous two days of the festival.

A 19-year-old Spaniard who had stopped breathing after being crushed by large pileup of fallen runners on Saturday has recovered consciousness and begun to breathe without mechanical assistance, Sesma said Sunday.

A 35-year-old American man from Cleveland, Ohio, who was gored by a bull Saturday was recovering "favorably" from a "rectal perforation" that affected his abdomen and a kidney, said a Navarra Hospital statement.

Patrick Eccles, a 20-year-old University of Utah student who was gored Friday, was in a stable condition and improving after having had his spleen removed, the statement said.

Miura bulls, which can weigh 1,530 pounds, are renowned as Spain's largest and fastest fighting bulls, and Sunday's bull run was quick, taking 2 minutes, 16 seconds to cover 928 yards from stables just outside Pamplona's medieval stone wall to the central bullring.

Despite the animals' size and strength, experts admire Miuras for their explosive acceleration, stamina and grace, characteristics that inspired legendary Italian car maker, the late Ferruccio Lamborghini, to name one of his iconic sports cars after the breed.

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Made famous by Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises," the San Fermin festival, which dates back to the late 16th century, is known for its revelers who traditionally drink and throw about copious quantities of red wine from Navarra and Rioja throughout the all-night festivities.

The festival is held in honor of the patron saint of this northern city – Saint Fermin.

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