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article imageWorld's oldest man now 111 years old

By Ryan Hite     Jun 10, 2014 in Health
Due to the death of the previous record holder for the world's oldest man in New York City, the new record holder, just one day younger, is waiting to be certified by Guinness.
The Gerontology Research Group says that 111-year-old Sakari Momoi from Saitama City, Japan, near Tokyo, is officially the world’s oldest man.
The previous holder, Alexander Imich, passed away in New York Sunday morning.
Momoi was born just one day after Imich, on February 5, 1903.
He was school teacher and was honored with a medal for his long service to education.
Officials at Guinness World Records are now checking whether he can be certified as the world’s oldest man in the record books.
Imich, who was born in Poland, lived at a Manhattan senior residence since 1986 and was certified in April by Guinness World Records.
A retired chemist, he fought against the Bolshevik Revolution and survived the Holocaust in World War 2 before immigrating to the United States from the Soviet Union in the 50's.
Craig Glenday, editor of Guinness World Records, said in a statement: “What an incredible life Dr Imich led – fighting the Bolsheviks as a teenager, earning a PhD in the 1920s, surviving a Soviet labor camp, losing much of his family to the Nazis and pursuing a successful career as a chemist and parapsychologist. To live such an extraordinarily long and rich life is a testament to good genes, a healthy lifestyle and a positive mental attitude.”
Mr Imich once said in an interview: “I don’t know, I simply didn't die earlier. I have no idea how this happened.”
Dozens of women, who tend to have longer lifespans than men, are older than Mr Imich. The oldest of them, officially the world’s oldest person, is 116-year-old Japanese woman Misao Okawa, who lives in Osaka City, Japan.
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