A Fussy Miura, Rabanero, Adds Emotion to the last Encierro of Sanfermines 2019
Today, July 14, was the last encierro of Sanfermines 2019, and, as is the tradition, the enormously popular Miura bulls were set to go. At eight on the dot, the Miuras began a race to the ring that lasted two minutes and forty-two seconds. During that time and after four consecutive years of mild and even boring encierros, the bulls left a balance of three gored and two others taken to the hospital complex of Navarra for traumatisms.
The six Miuras left the corrals of Santo Domingo together with the oxen at a great speed and ran together the first meters of the encierro. At the end of Santo Domingo, the herd started to spread out, reached the Town Hall plaza and headed for Mercaderes street where disaster struck. A red bull named Rabanero, weighing no less than 640 kilos, hit the cobblestones in a spectacular fall.
From that point on, there were two encierros. On the one hand, the encierro of five bulls and the oxen that completed a clean run and reached the corrals of the ring in just two minutes and nine seconds. On the other hand, the encierro of only one red bull that presented a runner with a horn injury in Estafeta street and two more men in the Teléfonica stretch, and, for good measure, caused many falls and blows and didn´t want to enter the corrals from the ring – not to mention making this a longer encierro than is usual with the Miura bulls from Sevilla.
The first group of five bulls and oxen advanced at a high speed on Mercaderes and when they reached the curve with Estafeta street, spectators and journalists were gripped with fear because several of the bulls dangerously leaned towards the left side where several runners were positioned.
The five – not six – Miuras ran the stretches of the encierro protected by the oxen that alternated taking the lead with the bulls. Here is where the masses of participants fell and suffered injuries in this last encierro. They took two minutes and nine seconds to enter the corrals of the Monumental bullring of Pamplona.
Meanwhile, after falling down in Mercaderes street and slipping in the curve before heading up Estafeta, Rabanero began his solitary run, several meters ahead of his brothers, stopping to toss a man into the air with goring included. This Miura bull caused many moments of tension, fear, blows and panic, before reaching the Telefónica stretch where a Rabanero horn injured two runners who were on his right side beside the barricades. Once in the ring, he resisted the capes trying to guide him into the corrals, causing the length of time of the encierro to increase to two minutes and 42 seconds – the second longest of Sanfermines 2019.
Balance of the encierros of San Fermín 2019
None of the eight encierros of this year lasted longer than three minutes, and five registered a time inferior to two minutes and a half. The shortest encierro happened on July 13 in the debut of the ranch La Palmosilla with a time of two minutes and 12 seconds. The longest encierro took place on July 11 with bulls from Victoriano del Río in a time of two minutes and 49 seconds.
A total of 35 people were taken to the hospital complex of Navarra from the eight encierros. Eight of the 35 had horn injuries and the rest, traumatisms, contusions and fractures. Most of them have already been released from hospital. The majority of injured runners who were taken to hospital were injured in the Telefónica stretch (10 taken to hospital, four of them horn injuries), followed by Estafeta (seven to hospital), Santo Domingo (six to hospital), Espoz y Mina and the bullring (four each to hospital), Plaza del Ayuntamiento (two people transferred), and lastly, Mercaderes and Callejón (one transfer each). From the stretch of the curve of Mercaderes, there were no transfers to hospital.
The Government of Navarra ( Servicio Navarro de Salud- Osasunbidea) has published reports each day with information about the injured. For more information, consult the official medical report here.
According to information facilitated by the Red Cross of Navarra, that issues a first report after each encierro, including stretches where injuries happened and why the runner was taken to hospital, during these Sanfermines, 500 people were attended to in the eight encierros. This data lists transfers to the hospital complex of Navarra and to other extrahospital centers of runners with horn wounds (from along the route, and at the foot of the barricades) for sprains, skin erosions, cuts, etc.
The Last Day of the Fair of the Bull in Sanfermines 2019
Four piebald bulls, one black and a red one ran the last encierro of Sanfermines 2019 – six bulls from the ranch of the Miura in Sevilla from between 565 and 640 kilos – participating in the bullfight this afternoon – the last fight of this year in Pamplona: Rabanero, 640 kilos; Loreño, 590 kilos; Bellotero, 630 kilos; and Alfajorito, 600 kilos.
In the bullfight this afternoon, Rafaelillo from Murcia who debuted in Pamplona in 2007; Octavio Chacón from Cádiz who debuted in the Fair of the Bull in Sanfermines in 2018 with bulls from Cebada Gago , cut two ears and was awarded an exit from the grand doors of the ring; the Frenchman, Juan Leal, took the alternative in Nîmes in May, 2013 and will debut in Pamplona this afternoon.