Olympic Runner Found Dead At Bottom Of Pool

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    A 31-year-old Olympic runner was found dead under mysterious circumstances on Monday, his body recovered from the bottom of a swimming pool in Arizona. Authorities have claimed that there are no obvious signs of foul play.

    David Torrence, who represented Peru in the 2016 Summer Olympics, was found unconscious at the bottom of the pool at a Scottsdale condo complex by staff members, who called 911 at approximately 7:30 am, the Arizona Republic reported. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

    A graduate of the University of California-Berkeley, he traveled from his home in Malibu, California, to train in Arizona a few weeks ago, police said in a press release. While he once ran for the United States Olympic team, he decided to switch to Peru, his mother’s home country, prior to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

    He immediately set himself apart from other runners in the South American country by establishing new national records: he completed a mile run in 3 minutes, 53.21 seconds, and the 1,500-meter race in 3 minutes, 34.67 seconds.

    Torrence, a middle-distance runner, also holds the American indoor record for the 1,000 meters and won three straight USATF Road Mile titles between 2009 and 2011, NPR reported. He took home silver medals at the 2014 IAAF World Relay Championships and the 2015 Pan American Games.

    Friends of Torrence took, including other top runners, took to social media to mourn his untimely passing.

    “Today we lost an amazing athlete and an even greater friend,” wrote Kyle Merber. “I was going to pick David up at the airport in a few days to come to my house like he does every September. He was going for #3 this year.”

    Merber was referring to the Hoka One One Long Island Mile, a race that Torrence won last year and that will be renamed in Torrence’s honor.

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