2 gored in 2nd running of bulls in Pamplona

Thousands of daredevils and partiers gather in Pamplona, Spain, for the nine-day San Fermin bull-running festival.
The Associated Press
Thursday, July 8, 2010; 2:37 AM

PAMPLONA, Spain -- Two people have been gored and at least four more injured in falls in the second running of the bulls of the famed the San Fermin fiesta.

Navarra Hospital's Dr. Fernando Boneta says one man is seriously injured after being gored in the thorax.

He says another man has been gored in the leg and is in better condition.

Four more people have been hospitalized in Pamplona for injuries, mostly from bruises sustained in falls during the run Thursday.

The names and nationalities of the runners gored were not immediately available.

Thousands took part in the dash to keep ahead of six fighting bulls and six bell-tinkling steers tasked with trying to keep the beasts together along the 930-yard (850-meter) course from a holding pen to the northern town's bull ring.

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PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) - Hulking bulls were set to be released again on Thursday to run after daredevils through Pamplona's historic old quarter after two sprinters were injured as they tried to keep ahead of the beasts during the inaugural running of the bulls race.

An 18-year-old runner from Melbourne, Australia, suffered three fractured vertebrae and was in serious condition at a hospital, and a 20-year old Spanish man received an eye injury but was in less serious condition, the Navarra state government said on its Web site.

Tourist Jack Harrington was bracing himself to run on Thursday morning after watching the first race.

"It looks exciting, like on of those things on the check list you do in life, so I might want to check it off," said the 62-year-old dentist from Lake Tahoe, California.

But retired pilot Peter Rostow, who dashed about 35 yards (meters) alongside the bulls on Wednesday, said the bulls' speed took him by surprise.

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