Monday, June 13, 2011

A Filipino teenager is the world's shortest man

A Filipino from Sindangan, Zamboanga Del Norte was officially declared as the world’s shortest man by Guinness World Records. The title was given to Junrey Balawing who measured 23.5 inches (60 centimeters) during the ceremony at the town hall last Sunday which was also his 18th birthday. Craig Glenday, a representative from Guinness World Records presented the official recognition of his status as the world’s shortest adult man in the world.

Balawing, who is about the size of a toddler, broke the record of Khagendra Thapa Magar of Nepal , who is 26.4 inches (67 centimeters) tall.

The Filipino teenager needs to hold onto something to stand because of weak knees. An Associated Press photograph showed him propping himself up with empty Coca-Cola bottles, which were taller than his waistline.

According to Balawing’s father, his son stopped growing two months after his birth. There were speculations that he may have endocrine or a birth-related defect. Junrey’s brother and two sisters are all average size.

Aside from the Guinness certificate, the crown does not come with any cash award. Glenday said he hopes the international fame will bring in gifts and donations, particularly medical supplies to ensure Balawing's health.

Photo Courtesy of Associated Press.

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