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Two gored, including one American, in 3rd bull run at Spain's San Fermin

PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) - An American who co-authored the book "Fiesta: How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona" became one of their victims Wednesday when he was one of two men gored at the festival.

Bill Hillmann, a 32-year-old from Chicago and a longtime participant in the nine-day Pamplona street party, was gored twice in the right thigh during one of the daily bull runs, organizers said on their website.

The injury was serious but not life-threatening, the Navarra regional government said in a statement.

A 35-year-old Spaniard man from Valencia was also in serious condition after being gored in the chest during the same run on the festival's third day, the statement said. He was not named.

Photographs showed Hillmann - dressed in the San Fermin event's traditional white with a red neckerchief - being gored on the ground by a black bull as other runners scattered.

Tension spiked when the bull became separated from the pack in the final stretch.

British writer Alexander Fiske-Harrison, one of Hillmann's co-authors of the Pamplona book and a fellow runner Wednesday, said on his blog that the bull turned back and charged at runners.

The six fighting bulls run along a 930-yard (850-meter) course from a holding pen to Pamplona's bull ring in a tense and dramatic few minutes immortalized in Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises." San Fermin is one of Spain's most famous fiestas and attracts thousands of foreign tourists every year.

Hillmann's wife Enid was at the hospital with her husband, Fiske-Harrison said.

Three other Spaniards who fell during the run were being treated in Pamplona hospitals for their injuries.

Several thousand people took part in the nationally televised 8 a.m. run.

Fifteen people have died from gorings since record-keeping began in 1924. Dozens of people are injured each year in the runs, most of them in falls.

The bulls are invariably killed in afternoon bullfights.

Four Hospitalised in Annual Spanish Bull Run

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John July 09 2014 at 5:52 AM

Stupid is, as stupid does, said Forest Gump. I have no sympathy for these stupid eggheads who get gored running along side of the bulls. I have more sympathy for the poor bulls who get tortured in the Ring and then have a sword go thru their heads.

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Rebecca July 09 2014 at 7:47 AM

Nothing but a display of pure barbarism, damn this brutal tradition! I'm rooting for the bulls.

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Wayne Champigny July 09 2014 at 5:37 AM

Hats off to the bull!!!

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HonknDodge Wayne Champigny July 09 2014 at 7:55 AM

Well said !

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elkhartbiker July 09 2014 at 7:44 AM

I find it impossible to generate one ounce of sympathy or concern for these idiotic morons. Let 'em all get gored!!

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savannahswithgod July 09 2014 at 4:36 AM

Get 'em Bulls. If they is stupid enough to be out there with you then they is stupid enough to be gored. Ow, my cat scratched me! Dam if I am stupid enough to hold a cat by it's tail I am stupid enough to be scratched! Bulls and Cats I believe you is smarter than us Humans?

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slvbrennes July 09 2014 at 9:21 AM

They got what they deserved. Too bad the bulls didn't get more of them.

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HI BEAUTIFUL slvbrennes July 09 2014 at 5:52 PM

They will, this is just the beginning of the event from what I have read.

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IBruzEZ July 09 2014 at 7:24 AM

Go Bulls.!! get them all.....

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Doug July 09 2014 at 5:22 AM

By golly, these people are almost as dumb as American New Liberals.

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philt6135 July 09 2014 at 7:26 AM

I cheer for the Bull Team. Much better than Boring Soccor.

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bigchaos July 09 2014 at 9:29 AM

I am going to drink a shot of Tequila, and yell Ole, everytime I hear of another "Brave Matador" or runner gets gored.


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