David Torrence, an American middle-distance runner who competed for Peru in the Rio Olympics, was found dead at the bottom of a swimming pool Monday morning in Scottsdale, Ariz.
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. He represented the U.S. for years but last year was cleared to compete for Peru, on the basis of having a Peruvian mother.
According to the police, they are not treating the death as suspicious.
"Firefighters removed the male subject from the pool and he was pronounced deceased", according to Sgt. "Detectives discovered that there were no obvious signs of attack", he said.
Members of the track community have been sharing their memories of Torrence on social media over the past 24 hours. "So so sad to hear of his passing".
I'm just shocked:flushed: woke up from a nap only to hear David Torrence is dead:tired:...
American record-holder Molly Huddle wrote, "Such sad news".
After high school at Loyola in Los Angeles, Torrence attended the University of California at Berkeley, where he set the mile record (3:58:62) for his school and won the 1,500-meter race in the National Junior Championships in 2004. He was the two-time champion of that event and a good friend of Merber's.