Thousands of thrill-seekers avoided being gored during the last bullfight of Pamplona’s San Fermin festival, officials said, revising an initial report that said two men were stabbed by horns.
Spanish city officials have corrected the Pamplona hospital’s preliminary report to state that a man had been scratched by a horn, not pierced.
After the run through the narrow streets ended on Saturday morning, another man suffered a laceration when a feral cow was unleashed into the city’s bullring for individuals to test their escape techniques, the update said. .
A total of seven men – six Spaniards and a Frenchman – had to be hospitalized but none of them were seriously injured.
While no one was gored, there were several close calls.
Several runners have been trampled or knocked down by the six tame bulls and six oxen that guide them along the 875-meter course through Pamplona’s old quarter.
There were also no gorings on the first two days of this year’s festival. Saturday’s bull run was the third of eight scheduled and lasted two and a half minutes.
Thousands of runners, most wearing the traditional white t-shirt and trousers with a red belt and scarf, rushed to avoid the charging animals.
Only expert runners can sprint short distances just past a bull’s horns before pulling away at the last moment.
The incredibly popular festival, which rose to prominence in the English-speaking world thanks to Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 novel The Sun Also Rises, attracts tens of thousands of visitors from around the world.
Eight people were gored in 2019, the last festival before a two-year hiatus due to the Covid pandemic. Sixteen people have died in the bullfights of Pamplona since 1910, the last fatality in 2009.
Saturday’s bull run was the third of eight scheduled for this year.
The six bulls that run each morning are killed in bullfights by professional bullfighters later that day.