Rio Olympian David Torrence found dead aged 31

David Torrence, 31, an American-Peruvian middle-distance runner, was found dead at 7:30 a #Swimming Pool by the staff of an apartment complex in Scottsdale, AZ Central reported.

A friend and peer, Kyle Merber, also took to Twitter to share his condolences in an emotional thread, where he shared that he was supposed to pick Torrence up from the airport in a few days to prepare for their annual September race, the Hoka One One Long Island Mile.

He also won silver medals in a U.S. vest at the 2014 World Relay Championships and 2015 Pan American Games.

The notable athlete had previously competed for the United States Olympic team, but switched to Peru's team for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Torrence began his career competing for the USA, and held the national record for the indoor 1000m, which he set in 2014 and still stands. "He was going for #3 this year", Merber tweeted.

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

Fellow athletes paid tributes to Torrence.

The Olympic runner holds an American record in the 1,000-meter run and a world record in the 3,200 relay.

As the site LetsRun notes, "while David made his name as a professional, he became a legend as a 20-year-old in 2005".

One of the top middle- and long-distance runners in the world passed away on Monday.

In the world of elite running, Torrence was famous for speaking his mind - whether it was to show his emotions or to denounce performance-enhancing drugs.

Torrence participated in an anti-doping investigation into a coach who was arrested last summer. "He got 100% out of himself every day".

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