Monday, May 3

Leonid Stadnyk Is World’s Tallest Living Man Now

Photo/Reuters: Olena Stadnyk looks on as her son Leonid Stadnyk swings on a fence near their house in Podolyantsi. Guinness World Record’s tallest living man on earth is Leonid Ivanovych Stadnyk. He stands a towering height of 2.58m equivalent to 8ft 5.5 in.

Leonid Ivanovych Stadnyk (Ukrainian: Леонід Іванович Стадник), (born 1970 or 1971 in Zhytomyr Oblast, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, USSR) is a living man renowned for his stature. He was formerly listed as the world's tallest living man according to Guinness World Records.

On August 20, 2008, editor-in-chief of Guinness World Records, Craig Glenday, announced that the title of world's tallest man had been returned to China's Bao Xishun after Stadnyk refused to be measured under new guidelines, which required him to be independently measured by Guinness World Records adjudicators.

Mr Stadnyk appeared to be taller than Bao Xishun, a native of Inner Mongolia in China who stands 2.36 m (7.7 ft). Although he held the title for a few months, Stadnyk refused to be measured and was consequently denied the GWR recognition. Others have questioned the legitimacy of his record, noting that Stadnyk has never been officially measured by Guinness World Records, only by the "Ukrainian Book of Records" that says that he measures 2.54 m (8 ft 4.0 in), and that the doctor originally credited by Guinness with confirming Stadnyk's height has denied ever measuring him.
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