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Two Australian gored by bull in San Fermin festival

PAMPLONA (Spain): Two Australians and a Spaniard have been gored by a bull that broke from the pack during the final bull run of this year’s San Fermin festival.

The incident happened in the northern Spanish city of Pamplona.

Spanish media identified the Australian men as “JC”, 30, from Adamstown Heights, NSW, and “BK”, 27.

The “JC” is said to suffer a goring in the left leg that left a 15cm wound after the bull cornered him before lifting him into the air, while “BK’s” right arm was injured.

Both are said to be out of danger.

This took the number of gorings to eight for the eight bull runs that provide a high-adrenaline morning rush to the non-stop party that draws around one million people each year.

While five of the bulls stayed in a group on Sunday and charged through the twisting streets with their guiding steers, one bull drifted back and provoked havoc in the crowds of runners.

The bull flipped one man over its horns and slammed him onto the cobblestone street. It then clipped another two runners who were trapped against a wall. Regional hospital spokesman Tomas Belzunegui said the man who had been tossed by the chocolate-coloured bull named Rabanero was gored in the leg, while another man was gored in the right arm and a third in the armpit. The hospital said the wounds were not life-threatening.

The Red Cross reported several other injuries from knocks received from the bulls and steers, or from runners tumbling out of the way.

The previous seven bull runs had produced five gorings of three Spaniards and two Americans.