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American gored at
Pamplona bull run
promises to run again
BARCELONA, Spain—One of the two Americans
gored yesterday during this year’s second run-
ning of the bulls in the Spanish city of Pamplo-
na is swearing that he will run again before the
festival is over.
Bill Hillmann, a 35-year-old writer who also was
gored three years ago at the San Fermin festival, was
in stable condition. The bull that led the pack thrust
its horn into Hillmann’s buttocks before flipping him
onto the street.
“In a split second he was on me. I tried to jump,
but he hit me in the butt,” the Chicago resident told
The Associated Press by telephone from a hospital
“I flew up in the air and landed on my back. I didn’t
know I was gored at first,” he said. “Then people start-
ed telling me I was gored and pulled me over to the
medics. I pulled down my pants and there was blood.”
Despite his run-in, Hillmann says his love for the
chaotic and treacherous spectacle of Pamplona’sram-
paging bulls hasn’t wavered.
“I am probably going to run tomorrow or the next
day, sure at this festival,” he said. “I am already walk-
ing. The first time, I wasn’t walking for a week.”
Hillmann’s wound was less severe than those of a
22-year-old American who also was gored on Satur-
day. Identified by the regional government of Navarra
only with the initials JC, he was in serious condition
after his left arm was impaled and he was dragged
for several metres before the bull flung him off and
stormed over him. WBBM Chicago identified him as
Jack Capra, of California, who told the station it had
been his first running with bulls.
Three other Americans, two Frenchmen and three
Spaniards—all men—needed hospital treatment
for injures received during yesterday’s frantic and
crowded run of thrill-seekers. Two Americans and
a Spaniard also were gored on Friday.
Hillmann was in Pamplona for a 12th consecutive
year to brave the bulls and ran on Friday.
Revellers run in front of Jose Escolar fighting bulls
during the second running of the bulls at the San
Fermin Festival, in Pamplona, northern Spain,
yesterday. Revellers from around the world flock to
Pamplona every year to take part in the eight days of
the running of the bulls. AP PHOTO
Hamilton faces tough task in Austria
SPIELBERG, Austria—Lewis Hamilton
will be hard pushed to repeat last year’s
win and close the gap on Formula One
leader Sebastian Vettel at the Austrian
Grand Prix today.
In a mediocre qualifying performance
yesterday, the Mercedes driver finished
third behind Vettel’s Ferrari and the
Mercedes of teammate Valtteri Bottas.
A dejected Hamilton was contemplating
starting the race from eighth place on the
grid because of a five-place penalty. It was
given for an unauthorised gearbox change
following the incident-packed Azerbaijan
GP two weeks ago in Baku, where Hamil-
ton and Vettel clashed in a moment of high
The British driver lost points there,
finishing fifth, while Vettel took fourth to
move 14 points ahead. The penalty comes
at a particularly bad time in terms of mo-
“Of course, you go in with a really positive
mind, coming back and fighting (after Baku)
and then something like that hits us,” Ham-
ilton said. “It’s difficult for us to swallow.”
Ferrari, locked in a close scrap with
Mercedes for the constructors’ champion-
ship, has been handed an unexpected boost.
Vettel is on the front row and teammate
Kimi Raikkonen moves up from fourth to
third because of Hamilton’s grid demotion.
Teams must use the same gearbox for
six straight races but Hamilton’s Mercedes
team made the change before reaching
that requirement. The change was made
Tuesday and came after Baku. Mercedes
had already changed it once before that.
Now, rather than feeling confident of
back-to-back wins in Spielberg, Hamilton
says he is looking to limit the damage at the
Red Bull Ring. Three years ago in Austria,
he finished a brilliant second from ninth on
the grid, but Ferrari is much quicker now.
“It should be a good fight tomorrow,” said
Bottas, who is third in the title race but trails
Vettel by 42 points. “I’m sure Lewis still has
a lot of time to come back and get points
for the team.”
Hamilton will need a better day in order
to do so.
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