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A native of California, Torrence won a silver medal in the 5K for the United States at the 2015 Pan-American Games. He switched his nationality to Peru for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, where he placed 15th in the 5K and set a Peruvian national record of 13:23.20. At the IAAF World Championships in London earlier this summer, Torrence set two more Peruvian national records this year: 1:47.01 for 800m and 3:34.67 for 1500m.
In 2014, Torrence set the American indoor record for 1K in running 2:16.76 in Boston. No American has ever run faster indoors.
From 2009 through 2011, he was the reigning USATF Road Mile champion, but many already knew him best from another road mile he documented during his time as a Cal-Berkley student-athlete: the internet-famous, sub-four downhill mile.
Watch David Torrence run a downhill mile in 3:46.30 on Bancroft Way in Berkley, California:
Watch David Torrence's emotional celebration after winning his first of three consecutive USATF Road Mile titles:
Torrence was also a champion of the anti-doping cause, and contributed to an IAAF investigation that led to the eventual arrest of famed distance coach Jama Aden for the possession of PEDs in 2016.
Known for his versatility on the track, Torrence ran impressive marks from 800m through 5K -- in fact, only six men in the world have ever recorded better PRs in that range:
Watch David Torrence break the American indoor record for 1K:
David Torrence reacts after a breakout win as an unsponsored pro at the 2009 Puma Mile: