Sultan Kosen, 40, who measures 8 feet 3 inches, proudly showed off his Tallest Man in the World certificate after reports that Suleiman Abdul Samad is 9 feet 6 inches.
Beanpole Suleiman, 29, attracted worldwide attention after doctors estimated her height at a rural clinic in Ghana where staff did not have the right equipment to measure her.
He was attending monthly appointments to rule out health complications.
The unverified record would make him the tallest man in history – 15 inches more than Mr. Kosen, 40.
Sultan Kosen, 40, who stands at 8 feet 3 inches tall, proudly shows his certificate during an interview with Anadolu Agency in Dede village in Mardin, Turkey, January 3, 2023.
There are reports that Sulaimana Abdul Sameed (pictured left), 29, can stand at a height of 9 feet 6 inches. Sultan Kosen (pictured right), 40, is the world record holder at 8 feet 3 inches
Guinness World Records has recognized Turkish farmer Mr. Kosen for having the world’s tallest living person and the world’s largest hand.
After living in the village of Dede in Mardin, Turkey, he told Andalou news agency today: ‘I have the biggest feet in the world. I wear 61 size shoes.
‘I also have the biggest hands in the world. My records are registered. I am a world cultural heritage.
‘I hear some news saying, “Sultan’s record is over, there are people taller than Sultan”.
Mr. Kosen said: ‘If so, let us measure our height.
‘I held my record for 14 years. I will not lose my record for anyone. I am determined about it.
Mr Sameed has Marfan syndrome, a developmental disorder of the body’s connective tissues, which children usually inherit from one of their parents.
He needs to wear shoes made from tires that were nailed together for him by a local handyman.
Sultan Kosen, 40, poses in Dede village in Mardin, Turkey on January 3, 2023
In Ghana, where Mr Sameed is famous, many people refer to him as the ‘friendly giant’. He is also known as Avuche, which means ‘let’s go’ in Hausa.
He was forced to give up his dream of becoming a driver due to his health and moved back to his village from the capital Accra.
The tallest man ever to live was Robert Wadlow of America, who stood 8 feet 11.1 inches at the time of his death in 1940.
Although Mr Sameed was diagnosed with gigantism years ago, medical staff in the rural district struggled to find equipment large enough to measure his height.
As news of his unofficial record spread online, a BBC reporter came to meet him with a tape measuring 16 feet.
He asked one of his neighbors to stand on a chair and mark Mr Sameed’s height with a piece of charcoal against the wall. The tape measure was recorded at 7 feet 4 inches.
Mr Sameed said: ‘The way they measure me, I can’t say everything is perfect.
‘I’m still getting tall. Who knows, maybe one day I too will reach that height.
‘Every three months of four months I grow.
‘If you haven’t seen me for three months and you look at me, you will realize that I have grown.’
Mr Kosen became the world’s tallest living man in 2009 when he was 26 years old at 8 feet 1 inch. He’s grown two inches since then
Ethiopia’s tallest man Ngawa Zima, who stands 7ft 4.6in tall, posted a picture on Facebook with Mr Sameed, writing: ‘Never give up’.
An earlier post read: ‘Get him if you want – this guy won’t be taller than me.’
Guinness World Records said it is aware of only ten confirmed or credible cases in history of people hitting the 8-foot mark.
Morteza Mehrzad, 35, of Iran, and Brahim Takiullah, 40, of Morocco, both hold the record for the second tallest living person with 8 feet 1 inch.
About 50 living people have reached 7 feet 5 inches or above.
Mr Kosen became the world’s tallest living man in 2009 when he was 26 years old at 8 feet 1 inch. Since then he has grown another two inches.
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