An Indonesian man, Suparwono, has been officially measured after claims that he could be the world’s tallest man.
The Indonesian Museum of Records made a formal measurement of Suparwono’s height after claims that he could be almost 8ft 10in tall.
The current record holder is Sultan Kosen from Turkey, who is 8ft 1in, while the world’s tallest ever man, the American Robert Wadlow, died in 1940 measuring over 8ft 11in.
However, after measuring Suparwono in both a lying and a standing position, the museum found that the 25-year-old was just 7ft 11in – two inches shorter than Kosen.
This makes him the tallest man in Indonesia, but does not qualify him for the Guinness Book of World Records.
“We had reports this morning including the result of measurements from a hospital which were 2.71 metres,” said museum director Ngadri. “But we have to stick to our measurement.”
Suparwono, who comes from the village of Tri Tunggal Jaya on the island of Sumatra, was first identified as a world record holder when a relative invited neighbours to take pictures of him.
He lives with his parents and earns money doing odd jobs around the village. He eats almost seven pounds of rice and 15 eggs a day.
“I started to realise my exceptional height when I was 10 years old,” he said. “At that time, I was already the tallest at my school and in my village.”
Suharto said he felt “proud” of his height, but added: “It also gives me problems because I can't live like normal people.”
Suparwono, who like many Indonesians goes by only one name, said he felt ‘proud’ of his height but added: ‘It also gives me problems as I can’t live like normal people.’ – metro