Arizona police say Olympic runner found dead in pool

Jessica Allison
August 30, 2017

Olympic runner David Torrence, who represented the United States before switching allegiance to Peru to compete at the Rio Olympics in 2016, has been found dead at the bottom of a swimming pool in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Thirty-one-year-old David Torrence was found in Scottsdale, Arizona on August 28.

"The firemen removed the male subject from the pool and was pronounced dead".

Officials do not believe any foul play was involved in Torrence's death, but a medical examiner is still working to determine the cause of death. In 2016, he switched allegiance to his mother's home nation of Peru and reached the Olympic final, where he finished 15th.

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Torrence was from California and had come to Scottsdale to train a few weeks ago.

"Today we lost an unbelievable athlete and an even greater friend", fellow runner Kyle Merber tweeted Monday night.

One of the top middle- and long-distance runners in the world passed away on Monday. "So so sad to hear of his passing".

"The track world lost a great friend and athlete today", USA Track and Field wrote on Twitter. The 31-year-old still holds the American indoor record for the 1,000 meters, and he won three straight USATF Road Mile titles from 2009 to 2011; e also won silver medals at both the 2014 IAAF World Relay Championships and the 2015 Pan American Games. He was the two-time champion of that event and a good friend of Merber's.

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