Canadian runners share tributes to David Torrence after sudden death

Aug 30, 2017, 01:48
Canadian runners share tributes to David Torrence after sudden death

The running community is mourning the death of former Cal-Berkeley standout, indoor American record holder and 2016 Peru Olympian David Torrence, who was found dead in an Arizona swimming pool on Monday at the age of 31.

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.

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Police are investigating the death, but say there are no obvious signs of foul play. "The track world lost a great friend and athlete today", tweeted USA Track & Field.

Fellow athletes paid tributes to Torrence. Originally he trained for the U.S. Olympic team before switching to Peru, where his mother holds citizenship. The record still stands.

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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 the 2014 World Relay Championships and the Pan American games in 2015 in the 4 x 1,500-meter relay and 5,000 meters. Woke up from a nap only to hear David Torrence is dead.

Torrence later revealed he had supplied information to authorities following an earlier training stint with Aden, who has coached an array of runners including Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba.

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