Tributes pour in for Olympic runner found dead in swimming pool

Todd Singleton
August 30, 2017

Malibu resident David Torrence, 31, an Olympic runner, was found dead Monday morning, August 28, in a swimming pool in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The cause of death is now unknown, and police are investigating the scene after the runner was found at the bottom of the Center Court Condominiums pool, according to The Arizona Republic.

According to the police statement, there were no obvious signs of foul play, BBC reported.

The athlete hailed from California and came to Scottsdale to train a few weeks ago. In 2007, Torrence set the current Cal record for the mile, and in 2014, he set the current American indoor track record for the 1000 meter race. He represented the U.S. for years but last year was cleared to compete for Peru, on the basis of having a Peruvian mother. From 2009 to 2011, he won three straight USATF Road Mile titles.

Fellow athletes paid tributes to Torrence.

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As the site LetsRun notes, "while David made his name as a professional, he became a legend as a 20-year-old in 2005".

"No one was more dedicated to their running", wrote Nick Willis, who won bronze in the 1500m at the Rio Games.

He was involved in the investigation into Somalian coach Jama Aden, who was arrested by Spanish police previous year as part of a probe into doping.

Runner's World also highlighted a 2013 interview in which Torrence gave advice to young runners that also hinted at what athletics and his coach meant to him. "He got 100% out of himself every day".

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