The world’s tallest man, Turkey’s Sultan Kosen, who stands
2.51 metres (eight feet, nine inches) tall, today came face to
face — well, face to shin — with the world’s shortest man
Chandra Bahadur Dangi from Nepal, who measures just 55
centimetres (21 and a half inches).
The little and large act met as people across the globe tried to
break all manner of weird and wacky world records, including
banging heads, catching spears and throwing thongs.
Kosen, a 31-year-old farmer, stooped down to shake hands
with 74-year-old Dangi opposite the Houses of Parliament in
London. He told AFP that meeting Chandra was “amazing”,
although he admitted bending the long, long way down for
photographs was difficult.
“I was very interested how tall he was going to be, about
how far up my legs he would go, and of course once I saw
him I realised how tiny he was. I do have problems with my
knees so if I stand too long I do get tired. Even though he is
short and I am tall, we have had similar struggles throughout
our lives and when I look into Chandra’s eyes I can see he is a
As well as being the tallest man, Kosen’s hands are the biggest
in the world — an impressive 28.5 centimetres (11.22 inches)
from the wrist to the tip of his middle finger.
Meanwhile Dangi, a primordial dwarf who makes placemats
and head straps for villagers carrying heavy loads, is the
shortest adult ever certified by Guinness World Records. He
“I was very pleased to see the tallest man in the world, I was
curious to meet my extreme opposite. I’m so pleased to be a
Guinness record holder. Thanks to this I have visited many
countries and met many people. I really love it.”
The two men met today to celebrate the 10th annual
Guinness World Records Day