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Record-holder walks tall as a gentle giant

Friday, June 08, 2012

The world's tallest man, Sultan Kosen of Turkey, has left Hong Kong but he made a big impression while visiting on a promotional tour.

The 29-year-old attracted plenty of attention at Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai yesterday with locals and visitors bewildered to see such a giant.

A mainland tourist, who posed with Kosen for a photograph, said: "I cannot believe it at all. How is this possible?"

Towering above the masses at 2.51 meters, the part-time farm laborer with size 60 shoes has held the title of the tallest living man since 2010, making his third straight appearance in the Guinness Book of World Records. He also holds the record for the largest hands (28.5 centimeters) and feet (36.5cm).

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Kosen suffered from acromegaly, which caused his body to continually produce the growth hormone. But he finally stopped growing in March after treatment at the University of Virginia four years ago. Due to his size, Kosen's knees are stressed and he uses crutches to walk.

Kosen, who was teased in school over his height, said: "I am really proud of being tall."

He continues his promotional tour for Guinness World Records Attractions in Bangkok.

BRIAN CHAN


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