The 18th birthday of Jyoti Amge, from India, was filled with joy when she was declared the world’s shortest woman by Guinness Book of World Records.
The 62.8 centimeters (24.7 inches) tall lady looked like a doll in her traditional Indian dress. Jyoti is 7 centimeters shorter than the previous title holder, Bridgette Jordan, a 22-year-old American.
Until Dec. 16, 2011 she held the title of world’s shortest teenager. In the last two years, Jyoti has only grown 1 cm taller. In a statement Guinness said that she will not grow more due to a form of dwarfism called achondroplasia.
Historically, the title of the shortest woman was held by Pauline Musters, from the Netherlands, who lived from 1876 to 1895 and was only 61 centimeters tall.
New shortest man in the world in a 59.93 cm tall, Junrey Balawing from Philippines. The previous shortest man Khagendra Thapa Magar, from Nepal was 7 cm taller.
Junrey Balawing was born on June 12, 1993 in Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines. Guinness World Records officials declared him the record holder of the world’s shortest living person on Balawing’s 18th birthday celebration on June 12.
Khagendra became shortest man when he turned 18 years-old some 8 month back.
Balawing is the new record holder of shortest living person. But, he missed to break the all-time record made by Gul Mohammed of India, who was 0.571 m tall at the time of his death in in 1997.
A tiny guy with long name – Khagendra Thapa Magar, has just turned 18 today, on October 14, 2010.
To hand over his 18th birthday present, the title of the World’s Shortest Man, Guinness World Records Book team has gone to Nepal.
I wrote about Khagendra back in 2007 when He Pingping, the shortest man then, met the tallest man of that time Bao Xishun. At that time, he was told to be only 50 cm tall. It sure is a very slow growth rate at 17 cm in three years, as he measures 67 cm now.
Happy Birthday and Congratulation for the record, Khagendra !
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