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Rio Olympian David Torrence found dead aged 31

30 August 2017, 01:46 | Nina Perez

Rio Olympian David Torrence found dead aged 31

Olympian David Torrence Found Dead Monday in Scottsdale

Torrence (number 2) in action at the Morton Games at Santry Stadium in 2012.

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.

They say the 31-year-old Torrence, who represented Peru at the 2016 Summer Olympics, came to Scottsdale a few weeks ago to train.

"Today we lost an incredible athlete and an even greater friend", Kyle Merber, a friend of Torrence and fellow elite runner added. After helping a US team set an indoor world record in the 4x800 meter, Torrence set a new USA indoor record in the 1,000-meter with a time of 2:16.76.

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Torrence, a Peruvian-American who competed for both countries, most recently for Peru in Rio in 2016, won silver medals for the U.S.in the 2014 World Relay Championships and the Pan American games in 2015 in the 4 x 1,500-meter relay and 5,000 meters. "USATF sends its condolences to family & friends of American indoor record holder David Torrence".

He switched nationality to Peru previous year and ran for his mother's home country at the Rio Olympics, finishing 15th in the 5000 metres.

Torrence was well-liked among fellow runners and fans of the sport.

Torrence was nationalized in Peru previous year.

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