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Monday
Jul152013

Australian Woman Seriously Injured in Running of the Bulls Finale

Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images(PAMPLONA, Spain) -- The nine-day festival of the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, ended Sunday with five more people getting hurt, including an Australian woman, who was described as seriously injured after she was gored in the back by a Miura bull.

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs would not release the name of the woman, saying she was undergoing surgery for her injuries including a damaged lung and multiple rib fractures.

It is rare for a woman to be among the victims of the event since nearly all of those who participate in the running of the bulls are males.

It's believed that only two other women have been hurt in recent history during the annual festival.

According to witnesses, the Australian woman was gored by the bull -- which can weigh as much as 1,300 pounds -- as she hung onto a wooden barrier outside the bullring entrance where the animals wind up after the running.

A 39-year-old California man was also wounded on Sunday although his injuries weren't described as serious.

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