Nepalese man claims to be shortest

2012-02-21 15:46
Chandra Bahadur Dangi, a 72-year-old Nepali who claims to be the world's shortest man at 56cm in height, walks in Reemkholi village, Dang district, about 540km southwest of Kathamandu. (Prakash Mathama, AFP)

Chandra Bahadur Dangi, a 72-year-old Nepali who claims to be the world's shortest man at 56cm in height, walks in Reemkholi village, Dang district, about 540km southwest of Kathamandu. (Prakash Mathama, AFP)

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Kathmandu - A 72-year-old man from western Nepal is hoping to prove to Guinness World Records that he's the world's shortest man.

Chandra Bahadur Dangi claims to be only 56cm tall. Guinness World Records currently recognises Junrey Balawing of the Philippines, who is 60cm tall, as the shortest man in the world.

Dangi's nephew Dolak Dangi said on Tuesday that his uncle would meet with Guinness officials in the capital, Kathmandu, in the next few days to be measured.

Guinness World Records did not immediately respond to an e-mailed request for comment.

Another Nepalese man, Khagendra Thapa Magar, was known as the world's shortest man, at 67cm, before Balawing took over the title on his 18th birthday in June.

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