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Two people injured during second day of Pamplona's San Fermin festival

Two people injured during second day of Pamplona's San Fermin festival
Two people injured during second day of Pamplona's San Fermin festival

Two people were injured today as thousands of thrill-seekers dashed alongside fighting bulls in the second bull run of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain.

A statement from Navarra Hospital said one Spaniard was admitted for treatment to rib injuries, while a Frenchman was treated for multiple bruises but later released.

No-one was gored, making it a relatively clean run which lasted 2 minutes, 14 seconds.

Two Americans and a Briton were gored and eight others injured in the first run yesterday. All but two Americans were released the same day.

American Mike Webster, a 38-year-old occupational therapist from Gainesville, Florida, remains in hospital after being gored in the armpit as he joined the bull run for the 38th time in 11 years. He said yesterday that he had not yet decided whether he would run again.

The nationally televised 8am run sees people racing with six bulls and their guiding steer along a narrow 930-yard (850m) course from a holding pen to the city bull ring. The bulls are then killed by professional matadors in bullfights each afternoon.

The nine-day fiesta in Pamplona, which features 24-hour street partying, was made famous in Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel The Sun Also Rises and attracts thousands of foreign tourists.

Bull runs are a traditional part of summer festivals across Spain. Dozens are injured each year, mostly in falls.

Two men died recently after being gored by bulls in Spanish festivals - one in the eastern town of Grao de Castellon last Saturday and another in the south-western town of Coria on June 24.

In all, 15 people have died from gorings in Pamplona since record-keeping began in 1924 for the San Fermin festival.