Olympic 5000m finalist David Torrence found dead at 31
Aug 30 2017
Olympic runner David Torrence - who made the finals in the 5,000 meter race in the '16 Games - was found dead at the bottom of a pool at an Arizona apartment complex.
Thirty-one-year-old David Torrence was found in Scottsdale, Arizona on August 28.
Authorities say there are no obvious signs of foul play in the death of David Torrence, who represented Peru in the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Torrence was born in Japan but raised in California and ran track at Cal-Berkeley.
Over the a year ago, Torrence has set several Peruvian records but narrowly failed to qualify for the semi-finals of the 1,500m at London 2017 and finished fourth in his last race, the Emsley Carr Mile at the Birmingham Diamond League meeting on 20 August. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Torrence won second place at the World Relay Championships in 2014.
Before petitioning to compete for Peru, Torrence had run for the United States of America in worldwide competitions, winning a silver medal in the 5000m at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.
Torrence was always a strong advocate of keeping sports clean. However, they are still investigating the cause of death and it will be to the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office to determine exactly how Torrence died. American silver runner Leo Manzano noted that Torrence had been his team-mate, saying that " My heart goes out to him and his family".
'Today we lost an incredible athlete and an even greater friend, ' Kyle Merber, another elite runner and a friend of Torrence tweeted.