World’s Smallest Man Crowned October 2010
A Nepalese teenager whose tiny stature has made him a celebrity in his homeland entered the record books as the world’s shortest man on Thursday as he celebrated his 18th birthday.
Khagendra Thapa Magar takes over from 24-year-old Edward “Nino” Hernandez from Colombia, who loses the title after just five weeks, following final checks that found his Nepalese rival was 0.4 inches smaller.
A team of Guinness World Records adjudicators put Magar’s official height at 26.4 inches after taking final measurements early Thursday, and named him the new record-holder.
“Khagendra Thapa Magar is now officially the shortest man in the world,” said head of global records Marco Frigatti at a ceremony in the picturesque Himalayan town of Pokhara in central Nepal, near where Magar grew up. “We want to congratulate Khagendra Thapa Magar and his family for this feat. This is a big day for Nepal.”
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