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Woman Gored by Bull During Spain's Annual 'Running of the Bulls'

Jul 15, 2013 12:22 PM EDT | By Staff Reporter
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Woman gored by a bull during Spain's famous "Running of the Bulls" festival on Sunday, the Daily Mirror reported, becoming the fifth ever woman to become a victim.

A 23-year-old Australian is only known by her initials J.E. Women have once again been allowed to run in the festival since the ban was lifted in 1974. She is currently in hospital and in serious condition.

There were other runners left injured along with the Australian woman. Four others were tossed by bulls or fell as they ran were identified as a 39-year-old man from California, a 23-year-old man from Madrid and two men from Navarra, said the regional government organizers. None of those injuries were serious.

Meanwhile, another 35-year-old American man from Cleveland, Ohio, who was gored by a bull Saturday, was recovering "favorably" from a "rectal perforation" that affected his abdomen and a kidney, said a Navarra Hospital statement.

The bulls used in the festival are the Miura bulls, which can weigh 1,530 pounds. They are renowned as Spain's largest and fastest fighting bulls, and Sunday's bull run was quick, taking 2 minutes, 16 seconds to cover 928 yards from stables just outside Pamplona's medieval stone wall to the central bullring.

The festival, which runs for one week, was made famous internationally by Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises", and it attracts thousands of foreign visitors.

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