Guinness World Records, the global authority on record-breaking
achievement, recognizes Tunisia's Radhouane Charbib as the "Tallest
Living Man". Charbib measured 2 m 35.9 cm (7 ft 8.9 in) as a result of
seven measurements taken on April 22?23, 1999 in Tunis.
Leonid Stadnik has not yet been offically recognized as the tallest
man in the world.
"A number of people claim to be taller than Radhouane, but unless they
are measured three times in 24 hours, they can not be considered for
the category. Leonid Stadnik refuses to be measured by us. We have
been told that it is because he doesn't want to court publicity - yet
he continues to claim to be the tallest. Unfortunately we can only
conclude due to previous experience, that he refuses to be measured
officially by us beause he is not the height he claims to be."
According to USA Today, Leonid Stadnik's measurements show that is 7
inches taller than Radhouane Charbib, yet Stadnik finds the prospect
of becoming a record-holder unappealing.
"He is already 8 feet, 4 inches. Recent measurements show that Stadnik
is already 7 inches taller than Radhouane Charbib of Tunisia, listed
by the Guinness Book of World Records as the tallest living man. He's
also gaining on the 8-11 Robert Wadlow, the tallest man in history.
Yet for Stadnik, the prospect of becoming a record-holder would be little comfort.
"My two-year-old suit's sleeves and pants are now 30 centimeters (12
inches) shorter than I need," said Stadnik. "My height is God's
punishment. My life has no sense."
USA Today: World (4/17/2004)
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The tallest man in history, according to Guinness, was Robert Pershing Wadlow.
"The tallest man in medical history for whom there is irrefutable
evidence is Robert Pershing Wadlow. He was born at Alton, Illinois,
USA, on February 22, 1918, and when he was last measured on June 27,
1940, was found to be 2.72 m (8 ft 11.1 in) tall."
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