Chandra Bahadur Dangi Takes World’s Shortest Man Title

Chandra Bahadur Dangi from Dang, Nepal has been certified by the Guinness World Records  as the world’s shortest man ever recorded.

Chandra Bahadur Dangi is given a certificate by Guinness World Records, Craig Glanday. AP
Chandra Bahadur Dangi is given a certificate by Guinness World Records, Craig Glanday. Picture: AP

Today  a team of Guinness World Records officials led by Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday measured the 72-year-old Chandra Bahadur Dangi at CIWEC Clinic Travel Medicine Centre in Kathmandu and confirmed his height of 54.6 centimetres (21.5 inches).

With this Dangi takes the world’s shortest man title from Filipino  Junrey Balawing, who measures 59.93 centimetres. Balawing formerly secured the title from another Nepali, Khagendra Thapa Magar measuring 67 centimetres. He also beat the record as the shortest living man in history – a record that was set by Gul Mohammed (India, 1957–97), who was found to be 22.5 inches tall. Dangi was presented with two certificates for being the world’s shortest living man and the world’s shortest person recorded in Guinness’ 57-year history.

“I am very happy. Now I want to travel across Nepal and to foreign countries,” Dangi told reporters.

Chandra Bahadur Dangi is a pensioner from Dang, who was orphaned at 12. He has never been married and lives with his eldest brother and his family in Rhimkholi village. Dangi earns a sparse living weaving jute headbands. Because of his height, he never had a job outside of household chores. He said relatives used to display him at freak shows to make money for themselve. He was brought to the attention of the world only three weeks ago after Nepali researchers studying the Dangi people. And now he has been declared as the world’s shortest man ever recorded.

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