Archive for February, 2010

Sultan Kösen – Tallest man 2010

2010 edition of Guinness Book of World Records lists Sultan Kosen as the tallest living man as well as having the largest hands (10.8 inches) (27.5 centimeters) and largest feet (14.4 inches) (36.5 centimeters).

According to Guinness, he is the tallest living human reaching an average height of 8’1″ (2,46.5 m) when measured by GWR in Ankara, Turkey, in February 2009. He takes over the title from China’s Bao Xishun, who stands ‘just’ 2.36 metres (seven feet 8.95 inches).

Kosen was unable to complete his schooling because of his extreme height, but works occasionally as a farmer to support his family. Kosen has three brothers and a sister, who are all normal-sized, but his rate of growth surged from the age of 10 because of a tumour which caused too much growth hormone to be released from his pituitary gland. The tumour was successfully removed in surgery and he finally stopped growing last year (2008). He uses walking sticks and tires quickly if he is standing. Another pretender to the tallest title, Ukrainian Leonid Stadnyk, who claims to be 10.5 centimetres taller than Kosen, fails to qualify for the record because he refused to be measured by Guinness World Records officials. Guinness editor-in-chief Craig Glenday travelled to Turkey to personally validate Kosen’s height under strict guidelines, measuring him three times in one day because bodies expand and shrink throughout the day.

Sultan Kosen has since been touring England, the U.S., Iceland, Spain, The Netherlands and Norway.