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Rio Olympian David Torrence found dead aged 31


David Torrence, a Peruvian-American middle distance runner who competed at the 2016 Olympic Games, was found dead in a swimming pool at an apartment complex in Scottsdale, Ariz. In 2016, he switched allegiance to his mother's home nation of Peru and reached the Olympic final, where he finished 15th.

Staffers at the Center Court Condominiums found Torrence at about 7:30 a.m. and immediately called 911.

Fire crews got the man out of the water and pronounced him dead at the scene.

While the death is under investigation, reports state Scottsdale police do not believe foul play was involved.


Police continue to investigate Torrence's death, the cause of which will be determined by the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office. He was sponsored by HOKA ONE ONE. In 2007, Torrence set the current Cal record for the mile, and in 2014, he set the current American indoor track record for the 1000 meter race.

Torrence later revealed he had supplied information to authorities following an earlier training stint with Aden, who has coached an array of runners including Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba.

A friend and peer, Kyle Merber, also took to Twitter to share his condolences in an emotional thread, where he shared that he was supposed to pick Torrence up from the airport in a few days to prepare for their annual September race, the Hoka One One Long Island Mile. He was the two-time champion of that event and a good friend of Merber's.

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