US Track Athlete Found Dead in Swimming Pool

by Linda Olson August 30, 2017, 1:28
US Track Athlete Found Dead in Swimming Pool

Police are investigating the death, but have said that at this early stage there are no obvious signs of foul play, and that the local coroner would establish the cause of death.

Staff members at the condo complex in Scottsdale had called 911 at approximately 7:30 a.m. Monday after seeing a man at the bottom of the pool.

"Firefighters removed the male subject from the pool and he was pronounced deceased", according to Sgt.

Friends of Torrence took to social media to remember him.

"The track world lost a great friend and athlete today", tweeted USA Track & Field.

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Torrence was a two-time champion of the Hoka One One Long Island Mile in NY, and was aiming for his third title on September 6. He represented the U.S. for years but last year was cleared to compete for Peru, on the basis of having a Peruvian mother.

Torrence was from California and had come to Scottsdale to train a few weeks ago.

David Torrence celebrates winning silver in the men's 5,000-meter at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games at the Pan Am Athletics Stadium on July 25, 2015 in Toronto. As a representative of Peru, Torrence set records in the mile run and the 1,500-meter race, according to the Malibu Times.

But having missed out on selection for American teams at the Olympics and World Championships, Torrence switched allegiances to Peru, his mother's country, in 2016 and reached the Olympic final of the 5,000m in Rio. He was the two-time champion of that event and a good friend of Merber's.


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