The world's tallest man - who also has the largest hands and feet - has been named by Guinness World Records for the launch of its 2010 book.
At 8ft 1in (2.47m), Sultan Kosen, from Turkey, is about 4in (10cm) taller than previous title-holder Bao Xishun. The 27-year-old's hands measure 10.8in (27.5cm) and his feet 14.3in (36.5cm).
Bao Xishun held the title as the world's Tallest Man at 7 feet and 8.95 inches in the Guinness Book of World Records from 2005 until 2007, In 2007, he was surpassed as the tallest man alive by Leonid Stadnyk of the Ukraine. In August 2008, Xishun regained the title of the world's tallest man after Stadnyk failed to follow the measuring requirements set forth by Guinness.
Bao Xishun, a herdsman from Chifeng, Inner Mongolia, was recently married in a traditional ceremony to a 28-year-old saleswoman from his hometown. At 5ft 6 Xia Shujian only comes up to his elbow and is half his age.
He claims he was of normal height until he was 16 when he experienced a growth spurt and reached his present height seven years later.
Mr Xishun was confirmed as the biggest human being and the tallest person by the Guinness Book of Records last year. Bao Xishun was born in China in 1951. Xi Shun was declared the world's tallest living man, after being measured in January 15, 2005, at Chifeng City Hospital, Inner Mongolia, China as 7 feet 8.95 inches tall. However in 2007 he was overtaken by the Ukrainian, Leonid Stadnyk, as the world's tallest living person.
Mr Pingping was born nearby in Wulanchabu city, Inner Mongolia. His father claims he was only the size of an adult’s palm at birth.
He is now seeking to be registered as the world’s shortest man by the Guinness Book of Recrods. He could be in for a disappointment though. While Mr Pingping is 73cms tall, the current holder of the title Lin Yih-Chih was measured as 67.5cm.
The tallest man in medical history for whom there is irrefutable evidence is Robert Pershing Wadlow. He was born at Alton, Illinois, USA, on February 22, 1918, and when he was last measured on June 27, 1940, was found to be 2.72 m (8 ft 11.1 in) tall.
Wadlow died at 1:30 a.m. on July 15, 1940, in a hotel in Manistee, Michigan, as a result of a septic blister on his right ankle caused by a brace, which had been poorly fitted only a week earlier. He was buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Alton, in a coffin measuring 3.28 m (10 ft 9 in) long, 81 cm (32 in) wide and 76 cm (30 in) deep.
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