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World's Shortest People: Guinness World Record Holders


First Posted: 02/21/2012 8:23 am Updated: 02/21/2012 9:19 am

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  • Chandra Bahadur Dangi

    In a picture taken on February 9, 2012, Chandra Bahadur Dangi, a 72-year-old Nepali who claims to be the world's shortest man at 56 centimetres (22 inches) in height, shows his citezenship card in Reemkholi village, Dang district, some 540 kilometres southwest of Kathamandu. Pilloried by neighbours, laughed at in freakshows and spurned by the women he admired from afar, Chandra Bahadur Dangi has always seen his tiny stature as a curse. But the 72-year-old Nepali, who claims to stand at just 22 inches, is on the brink of life change as significant as a lottery win as experts prepare to test his claim to be the shortest man in history.

  • World's Shortest Woman

    Guinness World Records Adjudicator Rob Molloy (R) and doctor Manoj Pahukar (2nd L) measure Jyoti Amge (C), 18, during a news conference in Nagpur on Dec. 16, 2011. Amge was officially announced by the Guinness World Records on December 16 the world's "shortest woman living (mobile)" measured as 62.8cm (24.7 inches) and will take the title from US woman Bridgette Jordan, previously held the record at 69.5 cm (27.4 in).

  • Junrey Balawing

    Junrey Balawing was measured at about 24 inches (61 centimeters) from head to foot lying down and slightly above 23 inches (58 centimeters) standing up.

  • World's Shortest Man

  • World's Shortest Man

    Guinness World Records Editor-In-Chief Craig Glenday meets with Junrey Balawig just before the teen's 18th birthday, to prepare to name him the shortest man in the world.

  • World's Shortest Man

    To verify Balawig's height, Guinness will measure him both standing and lying flat over the course of 24 hours, with a final result calculated from an average of the three measurements.

  • Khagendra Thapa Magar

    Balawig assumes the Guinness title from Nepal's Khagendra Thapa Magar, who measures 26.4 inches. Balawig is expected to be named the shortest man ever measured by Guinness.

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