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Bull-run festival tallies 206 injuries

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PAMPLONA, Spain — Twenty-two people were hurt, six needing hospital treatment, in today's final running of the bulls in the world-famous San Fermin festival in the northern Spanish city of Pamplona.

Altogether 206 people were injured in eight days of frantic early-morning sprints with six fighting bulls through the narrow streets of the city's old town to the bullring.

The most seriously injured was a 28-year-old Spanish man who suffered a fractured skull and internal bleeding on Saturday.

Officials had no details of the latest injuries, but television showed runners being trampled rather than gored.

An estimated 13 people have been killed in the festival during the past 100 years, the latest in 1995 when a young American man was gored to death.

Hundreds of thousands of visitors descend on Pamplona, capital of Spain's Navarre region, for the festival made famous in Ernest Hemingway's novel "The Sun Also Rises."

Each day, hundreds of men, many dressed in white with red scarves and sashes and many of whom have been drinking all night, test their valor by sprinting with six bulls and 11 steer on an 908-yard route from a corral to the bullring.

The most daring runners sprint as long as they can right in front of the bulls' horns before veering off the the side or climbing the crash barriers which separate the bulls and the runners from tens of thousands of spectators.

The bulls meet their fate at the hands of matadors at the end of the day. Foreigners, especially Americans, are drawn to the annual July 7-14 festival, which dates to 1591 and honors Pamplona's patron saint. But it has only been since some time in the 17th century that onlookers decided run in front of the galloping herd.