LONDON (AA) – The world’s tallest man and shortest man have met in London for the first time to mark the 10th annual Guinness World Records day.
The pair met on Thursday in the shadow of the Houses of Parliament and world-famous clock tower, Big Ben, where they posed for pictures.
Turkey’s 8-foot, 3-inches-tall Sultan Kosen, 32, told Anadolu Agency: “I am holding my record and not giving it to anyone else. I’m representing my beautiful country and my town of Mardin, here in London. This is a great honor for me.
“But I hope to see more support from my country. People show a lot of interest in me here. I love that and I am happy about it. I’ve been in the Guinness World Records Book for five years.”
Sultan, who set a Guinness World Record in 2009 when he was measured as being 8-foot, 1-inch tall, went on to break his own record two years later when he reached his current height.
– Cancer threat
But he said there were disadvantages to being so tall, such as not being able to find clothes to fit and not being able to get into normal-sized cars.
Sultan said he suffers from a tumor in his pituitary gland which had led to an over-production of a growth hormone.
He received free medical treatment in the U.S. to halt the tumor’s threatening-growth and remove it since being officially declared the Tallest Man in the World.
Referring to his diminutive fellow record-breaker, Sultan said: “I love London and to be able to finally meet Chandra after all this time is amazing.”
“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’s a good man.”
– ‘Special visit’
At 21-and-a-half inches tall – or short – Chandra, 75, is the world’s shortest man, having won the title in 1997.
The seventh sibling of a family of eight, he lives in the isolated Nepalese village of Reemkholi about 540 kilometres from the capital, Katmandu.
He was born with a form of dwarfism for which there is no treatment.
He said: “I’ve always wanted to visit London and the fact I get to meet Sultan makes it special.”
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