MOSCOW, September 17 (RIA Novosti) - A 27-year-old man from Turkey was recognized as the tallest person in the world on Thursday and said he hoped his newfound fame would help him find a wife, British media reported.
Sultan Kosen, who stands at 2.47 meters (8.1 ft), also has the largest hands, with a 0.27 m (0.90 ft) span, and the longest feet at 0.365 m (1.197 ft).
"Up until now it's been really difficult to find a girlfriend. I've never had one, they were usually scared of me. I'm hoping now I will find one. Hopefully now that I'm famous I'll be able to meet lots of girls," he said in London, where he was attending the launch of the 2010 Guinness Book of Records.
Kosen grew normally until he was ten, but a tumor then caused him to develop the medical condition pituitary gigantism. The tumor was removed last year, and he stopped growing.
Ukrainian Leonid Stadnyk, who at 2.58 m (8.46 ft) was earlier labeled the tallest man on the planet, has refused to be independently measured.
''The good thing about being so tall is that I can see people from a long distance. The other thing is at home they use my height to change the light bulbs and hang the curtains, things like that," Kosen added.