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In Colombia, world's smallest man clings to short-lived title

world Updated: Sep 08, 2010 12:30 IST

It was only this week that Colombia's pint-sized Edward Nino was on top of the world, named the Guinness Book's smallest man on the planet.

Now a tiny Nepalese teen is about to torpedo his low-rise glory. Nino, 24, stands 70.21 cm (27.64 in) small, and lives at home with his mother in a humble house on Bogota's south end.

His ambitions are anything but humble; Nino dreams of travelling to India, Japan, China, the United States and Spain, and of making it big as an actor. President Juan Manuel Santos has invited him to a meeting at the presidential palace on Thursday -- perhaps the high point of his 15 minutes of fame.

The looming rub is that next month Nepal's Khagendra Thapa Magar, who at 56 centimetres (22 inches) is more than 14 cm (5.50 in) shorter, turns 18. That means he will knock Nino out of the top spot as tiniest man. Nino has a 90-cm (35.4 inch)-long bed, and bathes in a tiny specially-made shower.

He is soft-spoken, but likes being a natty dresser, though he also has to have his clothes specially made. He has a suit and tie for when he meets with journalists.

And he likes ladies average-sized, like his girlfriend Fanny, who is 1.6 m (5.25-ft) tall. "I like brunettes, a little curvy," said the fleeting title-holder, who also likes to dance, has worked as a spokesmodel for shoe companies and acts in his own TV series.