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American record holder David Torrence dies at age 31


David Torrence, the American indoor record holder at 1,000 meters, has died at age 31. He was found Monday morning in the pool of a condominium complex in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Torrence was born November 26, 1985 in Okinawa, Japan, and raised in Tarzana, California, competing in track & field and cross country for Loyola High School in Los Angeles. What began as a lighthearted after-school hobby quickly turned into a lifelong passion. By his senior year, Torrence ranked in the top ten in California for the 1600m and 3200m, and helped lead his team to its first state title.

The promising athlete went on to the University of California, Berkeley, where he set a freshman record in the 1500m in 3:43.62 and later broke a 50-year-old school record in the mile in 3:58.62.

At age 18, Torrence first represented Team USATF at the 2004 World Junior Championships, where he ran in the 1500m and placed eighth in 3:43.62.

As a professional athlete after graduation, Torrence gained national attention in 2009 when he won the first ever USATF Road Mile Championships. He won that title three straight years, from 2009-2011, as well as the USATF 5 km Championships on the roads in 2015. Click here to watch a video of his 2015 post-win interview.

Torrence came in sixth at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 1500m, finishing just three spots shy of making the U.S. Olympic team in 3:37.70.

Torrence made history three times in 2014. In January at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, he teamed with Richard Jones, Duane Solomon and Erik Sowinski to break the indoor 4x800m world record with a time of 7:13.11. In March, he set the American indoor record for 1,000 meters at the 2014 Boston University Last Chance Meet, running 2:16.76. Later in May, Torrence was part of the Team USATF quartet that won silver and set a then-national record at the 2014 IAAF World Relay Championships in the 4x1500m relay with a time of 14:40.80. He was also a 2015 Pan American Games silver medalist at 5,000 meters, running 13:46.60.

Most recently, Torrence began representing Peru, his mother’s native country. He ran in the 5000m for Peru at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and set a national record with a 15th-place finish. He also set Peruvian records in the 800m and 1500m at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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