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10th July 2011, 09:59 PM
Half-ton fighting bulls have trampled, dragged and knocked over more runners during Spain's San Fermin festival, injuring at least 10 people.

Thousands of thrill-seekers ran among the six bulls and six castrated steers that raced and often skidded through the winding, cobbled streets of Pamplona.
Revellers packed overhanging balconies as the beasts bolted 846.6 metres from their holding pen to the city's bullring in a quick two minutes and 29 seconds.
One runner wearing the traditional white outfit with red handkerchief sprinted ahead of a pack of three bulls, but could not outrun them.
He was knocked over, trapped between two of the beasts and then kicked by other passing bulls before being dragged and left sprawling in the street.

The Red Cross reported at least 10 injuries including bruises, dislocated joints and head injuries.
But there were no gorings in the fourth of eight bull runs that mark the festival that runs until Thursday.

Sunday's bull run at the San Fermin festival draws the largest crowds, and organisers blamed the high number of participants, estimated at 3,000, for the slips and falls.
In the most serious injury so far, a 25-year-old Australian man was gored in his right thigh during Friday's bull run after he taunted one of the bulls.
A 23-year-old Frenchman was also gored, less seriously, on Saturday.
Every year between 200 and 300 participants in the run are injured. Most are hurt after falling, but some are trampled or gored by the bulls .

The most recent death occurred two years ago when a bull gored a 27-year-old Spaniard, piercing his neck, heart and lungs with its horns in front of hordes of tourists.