The world’s shortest man from Nepal, Chandra Bahadur Dangi, 54.6 centimeters, met the world’s tallest living man, Sultan Kösen from Turkey, 2 meters 51, for the very first time.
Kosen, a 31-year-old farmer, stooped down to shake hands with 74-year-old Dangi opposite the Houses of Parliament in London.
“I love London and to be able to finally meet Chandra after all this time is amazing,” he said. “I was very interested how tall he was going to be, about how far up my legs he would go, and of course once I saw him I realized how tiny he was,” he added.
He said meeting Chandra was “amazing”, he admitted bending the long, long way down for photographs was difficult.
“I do have problems with my knees so if I stand too long I do get tired,” he said.
“Even though he is short and I am tall, we have had similar struggles throughout our lives and when I look into Chandra’s eyes, I can see he’s a good man.”
Chandra said, “It’s been a lifelong dream to travel and becoming a Guinness World Records title holder has enabled me to do that. I’m honoured to be in London, I’ve always wanted to visit and the fact I get to meet Sultan is special. It makes me extremely proud to represent Nepal all around the world, I’m extremely humbled by the support I receive.”
The two men meet not face to face, but face to chin in celebration of the 10th annual Guinness World Records Day in London.