Olé! Teen Matador Kills 6 Bulls

16-year-old Jairo Miguel pulls off feat usually reserved for pros
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 6, 2010 2:05 PM CST
Updated Feb 6, 2010 4:53 PM CST
In this April 15, 2007 file photo, Jairo Miguel, a 14-year-old Spanish bullfighter, performs in Aguascalientes, Mexico. The teen matador is taking on six bulls Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010.   (Periodico Hidrocalido)

(Newser) – A 16-year-old Spanish matador killed six bulls in one afternoon today, pulling off a feat normally attempted only by seasoned veterans and winning trophies for his skill—ears from animals he had just slain. Jairo Miguel Sanchez Alonso, the son of a bullfighter who nearly died from a horrific goring in Mexico in 2007, smiled broadly and waved to a friendly hometown crowd after a pageant that took about two and a half hours.

Jairo Miguel, who says he first locked horns at age 6 with a young cow, has spent some four years fighting in Latin America to escape Spain's age limit—16. "Ever since I was very small I have had this in my genes," he said. "I have practically grown up with bulls." His mother said she would prefer he do anything but this—"football, computers, whatever. But he has chosen this and I have to support him. All I know is what his eyes say when he struts out into the ring."

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