Running Community Mourns US, Peru Middle-Distance Runner David Torrence

Olympian David Torrence Found Dead Monday in Scottsdale

Torrence was from California, where he ran collegiately at UC Berkeley. He was pronounced dead on the scene at the Center Court Condominiums. He was 31 years old.

Torrence, a popular member of America's running community, was found at the bottom of an apartment complex's pool Monday morning, the Arizona Republic reports, citing Scottsdale police. He made the 1500-meter final at the 2016 Olympics and recently set Peruvian national records in the 1500 and mile.

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Authorities say there are no obvious signs of foul play in the death of David Torrence, who represented Peru in the 2016 Summer Olympics.

After news of Torrence's tragically premature death came to light, the athletics world paid tribute.

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"The track world lost a great friend and athlete today", read a tweet from the USATF.

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 USA and then Peru. The young man always spoke his mind and strongly rejected taking vitamin injections, LetsRun noted.

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On Twitter, USA Track and Field described the news as "devastating", New Zealand's double Olympic medallist Nick Willis wrote that "nobody was more dedicated to their running" than Torrence and Canada's three-time Olympian Nate Brannen said his friend will be "greatly missed". He left the training camp of controversial coach Jama Aden when they offered him vitamin injections.


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