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David Torrence dead: Olympic runner dies aged 31 after being found lifeless at bottom of swimming pool

Mirror logo Mirror 29/08/2017 Paul Cockerton

© Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images Olympic runner David Torrence has been found dead at the bottom of a swimming pool at the age of 31.

Torrence represented America at the Olympics in London in 2012 but switched allegiances to represent Peru at the Rio games last year.

The middle-distance runner still holds the American record for the 1000 metres indoor and a host of Peruvian records.

He was found lifeless in the pool at about 7:30am yesterday morning in Scottsdale, Arizona, by staff working at his apartment block, who called 911.

Police said there is no suspicious circumstances.

A police statement said: "Firefighters removed the male subject from the pool and he was pronounced deceased.

"Detectives learned that there were no obvious signs of foul play."

Earlier this month he was in the UK to compete in the IAAF World Championships in London and then the Diamond League event in Birmingham.

After just missing out on the final at the World Championships, he wrote on Instagram: "How do you move on from a disappointing race?

"Do you beat yourself up for a days? Push your next workouts super hard? Drown your sorrows in alcohol, food, partying?

"Or do you study what went wrong. Go over your preparation. Recognize your mistakes.

These World Champs went far from what I was hoping for, missing out on advancing to the next round by 0.2 seconds.

"But the cutthroat nature of the sport is what drew me to it in the first place.

"Good luck to all the men's 1500m runners tonight, they earned it. But I'll be watching...I'll be studying."

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