China's Bao Xishun, considered to be the world's tallest man, became a father this week with the birth of his first child, Reuters reported.

Bao's baby boy came into the world at 22 inches, a slightly above average height (most boy babies are between 19 and 20 inches long at birth), but more than half a foot shorter than the world record of 29.5 set by a Chinese baby last year, according to the report.

The boy weighed 9.26 pounds, beating the average of 7 to 8 pounds.

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Bao, a 7-foot-9-inch herdsman from Inner Mongolia, married Xia Shujuan, a 5-foot-6-inch pygmy, last year.

Bao told the media previously that if he did have a boy he hoped he'd stand about 6-foot-5 inches tall so that he could play basketball, the report said.

Bao briefly lost his Guinness World Records title as the tallest man to Ukrainian Leonid Stadnyk but regained it in August when Stadnyk refused to be measured.

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