Running of the Bulls: Two men seriously injured day after famous matador gored to death live on TV

The men are among five to sustain injuries on the fourth day of the San Fermin festival

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Two Spanish men are in a serious condition after being gored during the fourth day of the running of the bulls at Pamplona's San Fermin festival.

The men, aged 29 and 34, were from the south-eastern town of Valencia, and were injured in an alleyway leading to the bullring. No further details were revealed.

It comes the day after a well-known matador was killed during a bullfight in eastern Spain, the first such incident to occur in the country this century.

Professional bullfighter Victor Barrio, 29, was killed by a bull which flipped him over with a horn, then continued to gore and push him along the ground.

The fight was taking place at the festival Feria del Angel in Teruel, during an event which was being shown live on TV. 

 

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More than 1,000 participants packed the streets of Pamplona's old town (EPA)

The three others with head injuries, also Spaniards from Murcia, Madrid and Barcelona, were admitted to hospital. One aged 36, was under observation and the two others were in fair condition.

 

More than 1,000 participants packed the narrow cobblestoned streets of Pamplona's old town. The bulls came out strong from the starting gate and completed the 930-yard (850-m) run within 2.5 minutes.

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Bull runs are a traditional part of summer festivals across Spain (AP)

Slips and falls, however, were constant by bulls and runners, and some participants were stampeded by the 1,300lbs (590-kilogram) animals on the way to the bullring.

Bull runs are a traditional part of summer festivals across Spain. The nine-day San Fermin fiesta became world famous with Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises" and attracts thousands of foreign tourists.

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The bulls completed the 930-yard run within 2.5 minutes (EPA)

Ten people, including four Americans, were gored in the San Fermin festival last year. In all, 15 people have died from gorings in the festival since record-keeping began in 1924.

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