Nepali senior citizen declared as the world's shortest man

February 26, 2012 Posted By : parakhi

Chandra Bahadur Dangi, 72, a resident of Dang district, has been declared the world's shortest man after officials from the Guinness World Records measured him in the capital. Dangi was measured three times in 24 hours and his official measurement now stands at 54.6 centimeters (21.5 inches), which is 5.3cm short than the current record holder, Junrey Balawing from Philippines. Balawing is 59.9 cm tall.
According to Guinness World Records, if Dangi is 72 as he claims then he would also be the oldest person to be awarded the shortest man record. A local contractor had first noticed Dangi in his village and had contacted local journalists to inquire if he could beat the current record for the world's shortest man.
Dangi was measured by Craig Glenday, the Editor-in-Chief of the Guinness World Records at CIWEC Clinic in Kathmandu. It was Dangi's first visit to the capital. Dangi has never been married and was orphaned at the age of 12. He lives with his brother and his family in a village in Dang district. This is the second time, a Nepali citizen has been declared the world's shortest man. Khagendra Thapa Magar, at 67cm tall, was the world's shortest man before Balawing took the crown from him last year.
image source: AP
news source: AFP