Olympic runner David Torrence found dead in Arizona swimming pool

by Olga Hunt August 30, 2017, 1:48
Olympic runner David Torrence found dead in Arizona swimming pool

Rio Olympian David Torrence was found dead in a swimming pool in Arizona.

Torrence, a silver medalist for the U.S.in the 2014 World Relay Championships and in the 2015 Pan American Games, had left his home in Malibu, Calif., to train in Arizona a few weeks ago, police added, and his Strava profile shows that he had completed a 7.3-mile run Sunday.

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

One of the top middle- and long-distance runners in the world passed away on Monday.

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"USATF sends its condolences to the family & friends of American indoor record holder David Torrence". "So so sad to hear of his passing".

"David had spent the weekend with his family in Malibu, after returning from world track and field competitions in Europe last week", the Malibu Rotary Club's August 28 newsletter states.

American record-holder Molly Huddle wrote, "Such sad 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 USA titles on the track and road. He was also the defending champion, and Merber tweeted that the race will will be renamed in his friend's honor.

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