Afshin Esmaeil Ghaderzadeh, an Iranian man aged 20, was officially recognized as the world’s shortest man by Guinness World Records on Thursday, after measuring in at a mere 65.24 centimeters (2 ft 1.68 in).
Guinness officials flew Afshin Esmaeil Ghaderzadeh from a distant village in Bukan County, West Azerbaijan Province, to Dubai to measure him.
Afshin said during a news conference on Tuesday, December 13 that being the world’s smallest man after measuring 6.86cm shorter than the previous record holder was “like a dream.”
The previous shortest man was Edwaad Nino Hernandez, 30, of Bogota, Colombia, who measured 72.1 centimeters (2 ft 4.38 in).
Afshin is the fourth-shortest man in Guinness World Records history. He was flown to an office in Dubai, where he was measured three times over the course of twenty-four hours, resulting in an exact height record.