A Briton and two Americans were gored and eight others were injured as thousands of daredevils dashed alongside fighting bulls in the first bull-run of Pamplona’s San Fermin festival, organisers said.
The 30-year-old Briton and the Americans, aged 27 and 38, were injured, but none are thought to be in a serious condition, the San Fermin Press office said.
Three Americans were among the eight others injured, most with bruises sustained in falls and crowd crushes during the nationally televised run.
In all, 15 people have died from gorings in San Fermin, where bulls chase runners in red scarves through the streets, since record-keeping began in 1924.
Six half-ton bulls were released in the narrow streets of the northern Spanish city for the festival’s first run. It took two minutes and 23 seconds for the bulls to race down the 850-metre route from the holding pen to the city’s bullring.
The American was gored in the armpit, and the Briton in the groin. A 27-year-old from California was treated for a superficial wound on his lower back after being grazed by horns.
Eight other men, including three Americans, were treated for bruises and scrapes.
The nine-day festival, which traces its roots back to the 13th century, was made famous by Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 novel The Sun Also Rises.