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In photos: Five bulls, six steers and one gored reveller: Pamplona's annual run kicks off

Traditional test of bravery at San Fermin festival sends four to the hospital, with one gored in the thigh

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Revellers run alongside Torrestrella fighting bulls in Pamplona on Monday morning. The runs, or encierros, pit humans against the running bulls over a narrow 850-metre course. Monday’s run lasted just over two minutes.

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Medical assistants help a participant injured during the running of the bulls. Monday’s run sent four people to a city hospital, according to Spain’s Red Cross. One was gored in the thigh.

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Revelers hold up traditional red neckties on Sunday during the launch of the Chupinazo rocket, which marks the official opening of the San Fermin fiestas in Pamplona, Spain.

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A girl has wine poured over her on Sunday before the rocket’s launch. Tens of thousands of expectant partygoers squeezed into the town hall to kick off 204 hours of music, dancing, drinking, bullfighting for the annual festival, which honours the Navarre region’s patron saint.

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The San Fermin festival draws thousands of revellers from around the world each year. The festival and its traditional “running of the bulls” were made famous in the English-speaking world by Ernest Hemingway’s novel The Sun Also Rises.

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A reveller jumps from a fountain onto the crowd below minutes after the rocket launch on Sunday.

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Spanish mounted bullfighter Roberto Armendariz celebrates after a horseback bullfight on Sunday.

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