World: South African hurt in bull run

2008-07-07 00:00

A reveller (pictured) is knocked by a bull in the bullring during the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, yesterday. A South African was among 13 people taken to hospital, one of them seriously injured, on the first day of the annual festival, organisers said.

A 37-year-old man suffered a collapsed lung, ruptured spleen and broken ribs, while two people were concussed and 10 others were treated mainly for cuts and bruises.

The annual festival draws tourists from around the world to run through narrow, twisting cobbled streets, pursued by bulls. The chase lasts about four minutes. It was not clear how the injuries were caused, but no one was gored out of the hundreds who took part in the early morning run.

Participants often fall and are trampled by fellow-runners in the stampede.

Those admitted to hospital included visitors from Britain, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and the United States, and from other parts of Spain. On Sunday, an Irish tourist died after falling from the top of the city’s high medieval walls.

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