Image: A young bull jumps over a group of 'mozos,' or bull runners
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A young bull jumps over a group of 'mozos,' or bull runners, during the release of the young bulls after the third 'encierro,' or bull run, of the San Fermin festival through the streets of Pamplona, Spain, on Friday.
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updated 7/9/2010 7:45:25 AM ET 2010-07-09T11:45:25

One man was gored and two others injured in a panic-filled third running of the bulls Friday at Spain's San Fermin festival that saw at least three people sent airborne by the beasts.

One of the six bulls caused more chaos when he separated from the pack and prompted several minutes of fear as he charged runners and tried to break through wooden barriers separating onlookers from the bull run.

Professional bull keepers, helped by experienced runners, finally coaxed the bull into the arena to end the run lasting 6 minutes and 23 seconds — more than double the usual time.

Navarra Hospital's Dr. Fernando Boneta said one person was gored in the thigh. Two others were hospitalized for head and rib injuries that happened when they fell or were trampled.

The goring victim was a 20-year-old Briton, and the other victims were a 39-year-old Briton and a 46-year-old Spaniard, the Navarra region's government said in a statement. They were identified only by their initials.

Slippery route
Thousands of people took part in the morning dash ahead of the bulls and six bell-tinkling steers who try to keep the beasts together along the 930-yard course from a holding pen to the northern town's bull ring.

Light early morning rain left the route in Pamplona's historic old quarter slippery, prompting the bulls and the runners to repeatedly skid and fall on the cobblestoned streets.

Some of the most dramatic moments occurred when several runners just missed being gored by bulls that used their snouts and foreheads to slingshot the runners into the air and crashing down on the streets.

Two people who were gored in Thursday's run remained hospitalized on Friday.

The runs, eight in all, are the highlight of Pamplona's nine-day street festival, which also features around-the-clock drinking that attracts tens of thousands of people, many from abroad, eager to party.

The event is broadcast live on Spanish television and the bulls that run each morning are killed in the evening in the bullring, their meat served up in Pamplona's restaurants.

Dozens of people are injured in the runs each year. Gorings produce the most dramatic injuries and generate extensive comment in Spain's media, but most hurt runners sustain their injuries after falling or being trampled. Last year's festival saw the first fatal goring in nearly 15 years.

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Photos: Pamplona Celebrates

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  1. Participants fall to the ground during the last day of running of the bulls at the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, Spain, on Wednesday, July 14. (Pedro Armestre / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Two fighting bulls from the Jandilla ranch slip as the herd turns into a sharp corner in the old city of Pamplona on July 14. (Jim Hollander / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. A "Kiliki" rests before dancing on the last day of the San Fermin festival's "Comparsa de gigantes y cabezudos" (Parade of the giants and the big heads) in Pamplona, on July 14. Enormous puppets accompanied by brass bands parade daily through the city during the nine-day-long festival made popular by U.S. writer Ernest Hemingway. (Susana Vera / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. A couple sits on a bench bathed in light filtered through trees in Pamplona, early July 13. (Vincent West / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Spanish bullfighter Juan Jose Padilla is gored by a fighting bull weighing nearly 1,300 pounds during the San Fermin festival in Pamplona on July 11. Padilla hung onto the bull's horns and then was flipped and pinned on the sand before being able to roll free. He was assessed by medical staff, then returned to kill the bull. (Jesus Diges / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Participants run in front of a fighting bull as it enters the Plaza de Torros bull ring in Pamplona on July 11. (Pedro Armestre / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. A couple kiss during the San Fermin fiestas early on July 9 in Pamplona. (Ivan Aguinaga / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. A runner is knocked down by a Cebada Gago fighting bull at Estafeta Corner during the second running of the bulls on the third day of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona on July 8. The Spanish runner was among six people who were hospitalized following a run that lasted 3 minutes and 30 seconds, according to local news sources. (Eloy Alonso / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Spanish Matador Francisco Marco is gored by a Cebada Gago'ss bull at Pamplona's bullring on July 8. (Ander Gillenea / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. A fighting cow leaps over revelers during festivities in the bullring after the second running of the bulls on July 8. Six people were hospitalized, after two were gored following the run. (Joseba Etxaburu / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. A participant falls while others run in front of Cebada Gago´s fighting bulls during the second running of the bulls on July 8. (Pedro Armestre / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Revelers sleep in a park before the start of the second bull run. (Alvaro Barrientos / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Revelers walk amid trash strewn about Plaza del Castillo after a night of partying during the San Fermin fiestas on July 8. (Alvaro Barrientos / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. A matador's assistant administers the 'coup de grace' or 'blow of mercy,' killing the bull during the first bullfight of the San Fermin fiestas on July 7. (Victor R. Caivano / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. A bullfighter's assistant places a pair of 'banderillas,' or wooden sticks, in front of a charging bull of the Penajara ranch in Pamplona, during the first bullfight on July 7. (Victor R. Caivano / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. A reveler is tossed by a fighting cow during festivities in the bull ring after the first running of the bulls on the second day of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona on July 7. Several runners were knocked to the ground and some were trampled by the animals but no one was gored and there were no life-threatening injuries. (Joseba Etxaburu / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. A fighting cow leaps over revelers during festivities in the bull ring after the first running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona on July 7. (Joseba Etxaburu / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Revelers are stepped over by fighting bulls during the San Fermin festival on July 7. (Ana Castro / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. A man gets medical care after being gored by a fighting bulls on the first San Fermin Festival bull run, on July. (Pedro Armestre / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Participants wait for fighting bulls on the first San Fermin Festival bull run in Pamplona on July 7. (Ander Gillenea / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. People watch from balconies over Estafeta street in Pamplona for the running of the bulls during the San Fermin fiestas on July 7. (Victor R. Caivano / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Revelers crowd the streets during the start of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona on July 6. (Susana Vera / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Revelers are soaked with water thrown from a balcony at the start of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona on July 6. (Joseba Etxaburu / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Revelers hold up traditional red neckties during the 'Chupinazo,' the official opening of the San Fermin fiestas in Pamplona, on July 6. (Alvaro Barrientos / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Revelers hold up traditional red neckties during the 'Chupinazo." (Victor R. Caivano / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. A reveler drinks out of a wine skin during the start of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona on July 6. (Eloy Alonso / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Revelers throw a woman into the air during the 'Chupinazo', the official opening of the San Fermin fiestas in Pamplona, on July 6. (Alvaro Barrientos / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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