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    Nine injured on final day of bull running festival

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    Nine thrill-seeking runners were injured, three by goring, in a dangerous last running of the bulls at Spain's San Fermin festival.


    Bulls tossed people on the slippery cobblestone streets of Pamplona, where one red bull at the tail of the pack fell and became separated from the rest.


    Navarra Hospital doctor Fernando Boneta said one of those gored was injured in the abdomen, another was gored in an armpit and one person had an arm injury. Boneta said one of the three gorings had only just punctured the skin but did not specify what the other injuries were.


    Those injurned included a 30-year-old Irish citizen, a New Zealander, 26, from Auckland and seven Spaniards from four different regions.


    Each morning for the last seven days runners dressed in white trousers and red neckscarves have been coaxing a herd of six bulls through Pamplona's crowdlined streets to the main bullfighting ring, where the bulls are reconvened each afternoon for bullfighting.


    San Fermin's running of the bulls is an ancient tradition. It was made famous by Ernest Hemingway in his novel The Sun Also Rises, a semi-autobiographical account of an alcohol-fueled visit to the festival by a group of squabbling British and American friends in the 1920s.