Speed and excitement with the Valdefresnos
The Valdefresno bulls from Salamanca ran the third encierro of Sanfermines, taking only 2 minutes and 26 seconds to reach the ring. There were no gorings, but a great deal of excitement throughout the route.
One of the oxen left the rest behind from the very beginning, but at the end of the slope of Santo Domingo, a bull sped ahead of its brothers in the herd. Danger, emotion and excitement – the tonic of the run with the Valdefresnos from then on. In Estafeta the bull in the lead caught up with the ox and followed it into the ring. The rest entered some 30 metres behind.
The first ox was the star of the third encierro. At the entrance to the corrals of the Plaza de Toros, the animal crashed into the head of a bull. The ox fell to the ground and was trampled by the rest of the herd. The ox got to its feet and reentered the ring, and after what seemed to be a lifetime of danger, the ox tried to leave the ring, fell at the entrance and died a few minutes later.
The provisional medical report: two runners taken to the Hospital Complex of Navarra for traumas:
- J.F.H. 30 años (Salamanca), under observation.
- E.C.F. 47 años (S.S. de los Reyes, Madrid), under observation.