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Nepal’s shortest man could soon become world’s shortest

world Updated: Feb 21, 2010 16:26 IST
Utpal Parashar

Nepalis are very proud that Mt. Everest—the world’s tallest peak falls in their country. Soon they could have another reason to boast of—albeit for a diametrically different reason.

Khagendra Thapa Magar (18), arguably the world’s shortest man at 22 inches left for Rome on Sunday in an attempt to lodge his name in the Guinness Book of World Records.

And many in the Himalayan nation wished him luck as he aims to dislodge He Pingping, a 22-year-old Mongolian measuring a little over 29 inches, the world’s shortest man at present.

“I am happy that so many have turned up to wish me luck,” said Khagendra in his barely audible voice at a press conference on Sunday. He basked in the attention and blew flying kisses.

In Rome, he will attend a function organized by Euro TV where Guinness book officials will conduct a series of tests on Khagendra to verify his age and measurements.

Born on October 4, 1992 in a remote village in Baglung district of Nepal, Khagendra’s parents and a foundation formed in his name have been trying to get his name registered in the record books since 2006.

But the efforts had not borne fruit as the ‘wonder boy’ had not reached maturity. According to Guinness book guidelines, to qualify for the record, Khagendra must complete 18 years.

“Khagendra attained that age last October and we are confident that this time around the record will be his,” said his father Rup Bahadur Thapa Magar.

And if that happens, Khagendra will measure an amazing 7 feet less than Robert Pershing Wadlow, the tallest man in recorded medical history at 8 feet, 11 inches.