Canadian runners share tributes to David Torrence after sudden death

Rio Olympian David Torrence found dead aged 31

Malibu resident David Torrence, 31, an Olympic runner, was found dead Monday morning, August 28, in a swimming pool in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Torrence was born in Japan but raised in California and ran track at Cal-Berkeley.

The notable athlete had previously competed for the United States Olympic team, but switched to Peru's team for the 2016 Rio Olympics. The runner trained in multiple training groups. He made the 1500-meter final at the 2016 Olympics and recently set Peruvian national records in the 1500 and mile. A cause of death has not been reported, and police said there are now no signs of foul play. The young man always spoke his mind and strongly rejected taking vitamin injections, LetsRun noted.

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

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

The Medical Examiner's office in Maricopa County will continue to investigate the cause of Torrence's death, the Washington Post reported. His friends and other athletes noted that he inspired the running community with his enthusiasm, versatility, fearlessness, and compassion.

Fellow HOKA athlete Kyle Merber announced they would name the Long Island Mile race he organizes every year after Torrence.

At the Summer Games in Rio, Torrence ran for Peru, his mother's country.

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