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High hopes for the little guy: 20-year-old Iranian goes for Guinness World Record as 'shortest living man’05:44

High hopes for the little guy: 20-year-old Iranian goes for Guinness World Record as 'shortest living man’

Iran, Islamic Republic of, Tehran
October 7, 2022 at 13:12 GMT +00:00 · Published

A 20-year-old Iranian man believes he’s on course to break the Guinness World Record for 'shortest living man', as seen in footage from Tehran on Thursday.

"I am Afshin Ghaderzade. I am from Bukan City. I am 20 years old. I am 64.7 cm tall," said Afshin.

Footage shows Ghaderzade with his family visiting the city’s record registration committee, where the officials confirmed his height and gave him a medal.

"At the moment, the record for the world's shortest male living has been set by a Colombian with a maximum of 70.2 cm in 2020," said Hadi Rezaei from the committee. "Today, we measured Afshin precisely and he is 64.7 cm."

"Of course, he is shorter than the [Guinness] record, and we will send this evidence to the Guinness World Records and we hope we set the record there too," he continued.

Afshin’s proud mum and dad believe this to be an opportunity for everyone to get to know how great their son is, but despite the possibility of world fame, the man himself says he just wants a normal life.

"I like to study. I want to be a doctor. There are not many things I could use. I want to earn a salary. I want to have a home in the city. I want to have a good life. My dreams are just these," he said.

The title of 'shortest living man' is currently held by 36-year-old Edward Nino Hernandez, who was awarded the accolade in 2020. According to the Guinness World Records organisation, it can take up to 12 weeks to review evidence, so Afshin could be on course to be crowned in the New Year.

High hopes for the little guy: 20-year-old Iranian goes for Guinness World Record as 'shortest living man’05:44
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A 20-year-old Iranian man believes he’s on course to break the Guinness World Record for 'shortest living man', as seen in footage from Tehran on Thursday.

"I am Afshin Ghaderzade. I am from Bukan City. I am 20 years old. I am 64.7 cm tall," said Afshin.

Footage shows Ghaderzade with his family visiting the city’s record registration committee, where the officials confirmed his height and gave him a medal.

"At the moment, the record for the world's shortest male living has been set by a Colombian with a maximum of 70.2 cm in 2020," said Hadi Rezaei from the committee. "Today, we measured Afshin precisely and he is 64.7 cm."

"Of course, he is shorter than the [Guinness] record, and we will send this evidence to the Guinness World Records and we hope we set the record there too," he continued.

Afshin’s proud mum and dad believe this to be an opportunity for everyone to get to know how great their son is, but despite the possibility of world fame, the man himself says he just wants a normal life.

"I like to study. I want to be a doctor. There are not many things I could use. I want to earn a salary. I want to have a home in the city. I want to have a good life. My dreams are just these," he said.

The title of 'shortest living man' is currently held by 36-year-old Edward Nino Hernandez, who was awarded the accolade in 2020. According to the Guinness World Records organisation, it can take up to 12 weeks to review evidence, so Afshin could be on course to be crowned in the New Year.