Chandra Bahadur Dangi, a 72-year-old from a remote village in Dang district of south-western Nepal was on Sunday crowned the shortest man ever by Guinness World Records.
Guinness officials who took Dangi’s measurement at CIWEC Clinic Travel Medicine Centre in Kathmandu found that the septuagenarian measures just 54.6 cm (21.5 inches). He was measured thrice in 24 hours.
Following reports of Dangi’s claim barely three weeks ago, a team of Guinness officials led by Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday had arrived in Kathmandu from London to officially verify the record.
Dangi ousted current record holder Junrey Balawing of Philipines who measures 59.9 cm in height. Interestingly, Balawing had secured the title from another Nepali, Khagendra Thapa Magar (67 cm).
“I am continually amazed that this record keeps getting broken. Just when you think it’s impossible for the record to get any smaller, Mr Dangi comes along and astonishes us all,” said Glenday in a statement.
The confirmed measurement makes Dangi the shortest adult human ever, beating India’s Gul Mohammed’s earlier record height of 57 cm (22.5 in).
“What I find equally remarkable is his age—if he really is 72, he is by far the oldest person to be awarded the shortest man record n Guinness World Records 57 year history,” said Glenday.
Till coming to Kathmandu last week, Dangi had spent his entire life in the remote village of Rimkholi, 250 miles south-west of Kathmandu with his five brothers and made a living by weaving garments.
Dangi’s height became news in Nepal when a forest contractor met him in his village a few weeks ago and informed local media. Due to his height, Dangi had not married or traveled outside his village.
“I want to visit foreign countries and meet people around the world,” said an elated Dangi after getting official recognition.