A bull broke from the pack and gored two Australians and a Spaniard during Sunday's final bull run of this year's San Fermin festival, health officials from the northern Spanish city of Pamplona said.

That took the number of gorings to eight for the eight bull runs that provide a high-adrenaline morning rush to the non-stop party that draws around 1 million people each year.

While five of the bulls stayed in a group Sunday and charged through the twisting streets with their guiding steers, one bull drifted back and provoked havoc in the crowds of runners. The bull flipped one man over its horns and slammed him onto the cobblestone street. It then clipped another two runners who were trapped against a wall.

Three gored: A chocolate-colored bull named Rabanero gored a runner in the leg. Photo / AP
Three gored: A chocolate-colored bull named Rabanero gored a runner in the leg. Photo / AP

Regional hospital spokesman Tomás Belzunegui said the man who had been tossed by the chocolate-colored bull named Rabanero was gored in the leg, while another man was gored in the right arm and a third in the armpit. The hospital said the wounds were not life- threatening.

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The Red Cross reported several other injuries from knocks received from the bulls and steers, or from runners tumbling out of the way.

The previous seven bull runs had produced five gorings: three Spaniards and two Americans.

The six bulls from the Miura breeder, who celebrated the farm's record-extending 53rd showing at the festival, completed the 930-yard (850-meter) run to the bull ring in 2 minutes, 42 seconds. They will be killed at the ring later Sunday.

The San Fermin fiesta was made famous internationally by Ernest Hemingway in his 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises." Most revelers stay up all night or rise early enough to gape from balconies or barricades as hundreds of runners dressed in the traditional white outfit with a red sash make their mad dash.

Sixteen people have died in the bull runs since 1910. The last death occurred in 2009.

Animal rights protesters have also become a fixture in Pamplona. On the eve of this year's festival, dozens of semi-naked activists staged a performance simulating speared bulls lying dead on Pamplona's streets to draw attention to what they see as animal cruelty for the sake of entertainment.

Pamplona's controversial San Fermin festival comes to an end. Photo / AP
Pamplona's controversial San Fermin festival comes to an end. Photo / AP

Bullfights are protected under the Spanish Constitution as part of the country's cultural heritage.

Last year there were 25 incidents of sexual abuse during the festival, which according to The Guardian is down from 40 in 2017 and 43 in 2016.

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The high-profile trial of a gang who became known as La Manada, "the wolf pack" connected to an assault on a young woman at the 2016 festival has led to ongoing protests.