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Subject: Teen becomes world's shortest man

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/15/10 at 1:56 am

A Nepalese teenager has entered the record books officially as the world's shortest man as he celebrated his 18th birthday.

Khagendra Thapa Magar takes over from 24-year-old Edward 'Nino' Hernandez from Colombia, who loses the title after just five weeks, reports the Daily Telegraph.

It follows checks that found Mr Magar was 0.4 inches shorter than his rival.

A team of Guinness World Records adjudicators put Mr Magar's official height at 26.4 inches (67.08 centimetres) after taking final measurements.

"Khagendra Thapa Magar is now officially the shortest man in the world," said head of global records Marco Frigatti at a ceremony in Pokhara, Nepal.

"We want to congratulate Khagendra Thapa Magar and his family for this feat. This is a big day for Nepal."

Mr Magar, the son of a fruit seller from rural Nepal who weighs just one stone (6.5kg) says he dreams of marrying and travelling the world in his wife's handbag.

His family had previously laid claim to the record, but the teenager needed to reach his 18th birthday before being officially recognised.

"Khagendra may be small, but his size has earned him a big name," said his father Rup Bahadur Thapa Magar.

"People are always so nice to him. They come up and ask to have their photograph taken with him. It makes us feel that he is loved, and he likes it too. Khagendra is a true blessing from God."

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