Olympic runner found dead in Arizona pool

Olympic runner found dead in Arizona pool

Woke up from a nap only to hear David Torrence is dead.

Torrence was born in Okinawa, Japan and grew up in Los Angeles, but he competed at the 2016 Rio Olympics for Peru, his mother's native country.

According to the Arizona Republic, citing Scottsdale police, Torrence's body was found at the bottom of a pool in an apartment complex. In fact, he set the Peru record for the fastest mile in 2017 with a time of 3 minutes 53 seconds. A cause of death has not been reported; his death is under investigation.

After news of his death spread, there has been an outpour of love for Torrence from the running community.

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He switched nationality to Peru previous year and ran for his mother's home country at the Rio Olympics, finishing 15th in the 5000 metres.

Torrence, who was born in Japan and grew up in California, became a standout runner at Cal-Berkeley, and parlayed that into a successful pro career competing both for the US and then Peru.

"The track world lost a great friend and athlete today", tweeted USA Track & Field. 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. The young man always spoke his mind and strongly rejected taking vitamin injections, LetsRun noted.

Friends of Torrence took to social media to remember him.

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