Towering Above the Rest

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    Sultan Kosen from Turkey stands in front of Tower Bridge in London. He was officially crowned the world's tallest man Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009 after his Ukrainian rival dropped out of the running by refusing to be measured. Guinness World Records said Kosen stands at 8 feet, 1 inch tall.

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    A 7-foot, 2-inch Pakistani woman is seeking asylum in Britain because she says her height makes her a "target" at home. Zainab Bibi, shown here in this file photo from 2001, arrived in England two-and-a-half years ago and is awaiting a decision from the country's Home Office as to whether she will be granted political asylum. Bibi, 35, is a former holder of a world's tallest woman title and has asked to stay in Britain because she is afraid to return to Pakistan where she says youths threw stones at her, pulled at her clothing and she once broke her wrist after an attack. Keep clicking to meet the world's tallest people.

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    Oct. 2, 2008: Bao Xishun, a 7-foot, 9-inch herdsman from Inner Mongolia, looks at his newborn baby at a hospital in China's Zunhua, Hebei province.

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    July 13, 2007: Bao Xishun, listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the tallest living man at 7-feet, 9-inches tall, and his wife Xia Shujuan, 5-feet, 5-inches tall, leave after a news conference in Baotou in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. The world's tallest man, whose search for a bride covered the world, ended up marrying a woman nearly half his age from his hometown and more than two feet shorter, Chinese media reported.

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    Feb. 16, 2008: Bao Xishun poses for photographs with He Pingping, a 2-foot, 5-inch tall man listed as the world's shortest man, during a visit to a park in Chifeng, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in China. Bao briefly lost his Guinness Book of World Records title as the tallest man to Ukrainian Leonid Stadnyk, but regained it in August 2008 when Stadnyk refused to be measured.

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    March 24, 2008: Leonid Stadnyk of Ukraine poses for a picture next to a car in Kiev. Stadnyk, who stands at a towering 8-feet, 5-inches tall, received the car as a present from Ukraine's President Viktor Yushchenko.

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    March 23, 2008: Ukrainian Leonid Stadnyk rides a new bicycle specially made for him in the village of Podolyantsi in Ukraine's Zhytomyr region, about 124 miles from the capital Kiev.

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    In August 2008, editor-in-chief of Guinness Book of World Records, 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.

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    Dec. 21, 2008: George Bell, a 7-foot, 8-inch deputy sheriff from Virginia, poses for photographs and signs the Arabic edition of the Guinness Book of World Records during a promotional event in Cairo, Egypt. Bell is listed in the book as the tallest living man in USA.

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    Sept. 2, 2006: Georg Wessels, a German shoemaker, poses with Yao Defen, believed to be the tallest woman in Asia at 7-feet, 8-inches tall. Yao began treatment in June 2006 for a brain tumor, which is largely responsible for her extraordinary height. The tumor stimulates her body to release excessive amounts of growth hormone.

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    March 15, 2006: Yao Defen, the tallest woman in Asia, and her friend sit at the entrance of her home in Shu Cha, which is in eastern China's Anhui province.

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    April 30, 2008: India's tallest woman Svetlana Singh, 21, who is 7-feet, 2-inches tall, holds her 10-months-old son Karan, at her house in Meerut Svetlana.

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    Svetlana Singh hopes her 10-month-old son Karan, who stands at just over 3 feet, will grow up to become the tallest person in the world. Karan was born 67 centimeters long. At birth, she was the size of a normal 2-year-old, a local newspaper said.

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    Sandy Allen, who grew to be 7-feet, 7-inches tall and was recognized as the world's tallest female died in August 2008. Allen, who used her height to inspire schoolchildren to accept those who are different, died at a nursing home in her hometown of Shelbyville, Ind.

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    Nov. 21, 2008: Yao Ming of China, who plays for the Houston Rockets, is 7-feet, 6-inches tall. He stands along side 6-foot tall Dee Brown of the Washington Wizards during a break in the action in the third quarter of their NBA basketball game in Washington.

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