Anyone who meets Sultan Kosen, 26, looks up to him. The Guinness Book of World Records made it official, according to the New York Daily News
, Kosen is “the tallest man in the world in 2010.”
Kosen, who is from Mardin in southeast Turkey, stands 8-feet- 1 and his feet are 14.4 inches long, which translates into a size 22 shoe.
Kosen was in New York City as part of the Guinness Book of World Records tour. Kosen walked along Fifth Avenue greeting and waving to curious onlookers.
The NY Daily News
reports that Kosen said, through a translator:
I used to kind of hide away, but now I accept my height and accept that people are really interested. I'm really proud, not only for me but also for Turkey, that I'm able to take this title.
At the age of 10, Kosen was diagnosed with pituitary gigantism after doctors discovered a tumor behind his eyes. The pressure from the tumor on Kosen’s pituitary gland resulted in his extreme growth. After undergoing a number of surgeries, the final surgery last year was able to stop his growth.
Matt laurer and Meredith Vieira, “Up until now, I've really had a difficult life. But I'm happy. From now, I'm really going to have it a lot easier.
According to the NY Daily News
, Kosen indicated that the benefits to being tall include changing light bulbs without the need of a ladder and helping his mother hang curtains. Yet, there is one thing missing from Kosen’s life: a girlfriend.
Kosen said, “To this day, I haven't had a girlfriend because, with my height, they're generally frightened," according to the NY Daily News