Published: Wed, August 30, 2017
Technology | By Timothy Carter

Running Community Mourns Olympian David Torrence, Found Dead At 31

Running Community Mourns Olympian David Torrence, Found Dead At 31

City firefighters said Torrence was pronounced dead at the scene.

He had come to the Scottsdale area a few weeks previously to train.

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 was found dead in the swimming pool at a Scottsdale condominium on Monday.

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

Over the previous year, Torrence has set several Peruvian records, but narrowly failed to qualify for the semi-finals of the 1,500 metres at London 2017 and finished fourth in his last race, the Emsley Carr Mile at the Birmingham Diamond League meeting on August 20.

Many notable athletes from around the world have paid tribute to him on social media.

"The track world lost a great friend and athlete today", USA Track and Field wrote on Twitter.

The organisers of next week's Hoka One One Long Island Mile, a race Torrence won in 2015 and 2016, have said they will rename it in his honour.

Torrence finished in 15th and last place in the final of the 5,000 meters in Rio previous year, around 40 seconds behind British victor Mo Farah.

The Medical Examiner's office in Maricopa County will continue to investigate the cause of Torrence's death, the Washington Post reported.

Torrence, whose mother was born in Peru and has dual citizenship, competed for Peru in the 5,000-meter at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 and finished 15th. He was the two-time champion of that event and a good friend of Merber's.

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