The world’s new tallest man, measuring 2m 46.5cm (eight feet one inch), said he was looking for love as he was presented by Guinness World Records in London. “My biggest dream though, is to get married and have children — I’m looking for love,” Sultan Kosen, 26 said.
Kosen is also wearing a new title as the one with the world’s largest hands and largest feet, measuring 27.5cm and 36.5cm respectively. He has beaten China’s Bao Xishun, whose height is 2.36m.
The Turk is reported to have blotted out the iconic Tower Bridge as he posed for photographs on the banks of the River Thames in his first ever trip outside his native Turkey.
Media reports say journalists had tough time thrusting their microphones towards his mouth for interviews. Kosen dropped out of school due to his extreme height, but works occasionally as a farmer to support his family.
He said he hoped his newfound celebrity status would enable him “to travel and see the world and have a car that accommodates my size”. He has problems squeezing into a regular-sized car. However, Kosen said his height makes it easier for him to replace light bulbs and hanging curtains for his mother at home.
He has three brothers and a sister, who are all normal-sized, but his rate of growth surged from the age of 10 because of a tumour which caused too much growth hormone to be released from his pituitary gland, according to the news.com.au.
The report said the tumour was successfully removed in surgery and he finally stopped growing last year. He uses walking sticks and tires quickly if he is standing.
Guinness editor-in-chief Craig Glenday travelled to Turkey to personally validate Kosen’s height under strict guidelines, measuring him three times in one day because bodies expand and shrink throughout the day.
Glenday said: “Sultan’s an imposing figure, but a gentle, quiet man who’s totally relaxed and unfazed about his unique standing in the world.”