Olympic runner David Torrence found dead in Arizona swimming pool

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

He was found lifeless in the pool at about 7:30am yesterday morning in Scottsdale, Arizona, by a staff, working at an apartment block.

"Firefighters removed the male subject from the pool and he was pronounced deceased", said Sergeant Ben Hoster of the Scottsdale Police Department.

'Today we lost an unbelievable athlete and an even greater friend, ' Kyle Merber, another elite runner and a friend of Torrence tweeted.


USA Track & Field tweeted, "Devastating news".

During Torrence's lifetime he accomplished a long list of achievements, including setting an American record in the indoor 1,000 meters, which still stands, and as a previous Nike athlete, he won numerous US titles on the track and road.

He switched nationality to Peru a year ago and ran for his mother's home country at the Rio Olympics, finishing 15th in the 5000 metres. American middle-distance runner Kyle Merber said that the Hoka One One Long Island Mile men's race will be named after the late Olympian.

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 cause of death will be determined by the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office in Arizona.

Torrence was born in Japan but raised in California and ran track at Cal-Berkeley.

Earlier this month, he was in the United Kingdom to compete in the IAAF World Championships in London and then the Diamond League event in Birmingham.



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