Today, the protagonist has been this runner with the orange-colored T-shirt. He was charged by the Victoriano fighting bull just at the end of the first stretch at the top of the Santo Domingo slope. He was hooked by the bull’s horn and the garment was ripped up but the horn just stroked his back and the only apparent damage he suffered was to be tossed to the ground flat on his face.
After the rest of the pack of bulls and steers had passed by, this runner got to his feet and climbed through the fencing at the side of the stretch. Several Red Cross personnel immediately hurried over to him to check his back for what seemingly had to be a wound from the bull’s horn. But much as they searched and scrutinized him, there simply was not a goring wound to be seen, although we can only suppose that the horn must surely have left at least a small scratch on the man’s back.
In spite of the dramatic charge made by the bull, the official medical report does not list any wounds made by the horns of the bulls after today’s bullrun, so that it seems this lucky runner has had a miraculous escape. All that remains is the dramatic image, which, no doubt, will fill many media and TV reports throughout the day.
Photos: Miguel Fernández