SOURCE: Guinness World Records

September 06, 2010 09:18 ET

Guinness World Records Announces 2 Foot 3 Inch Colombian as the New World's Shortest Man

But Edward Nino Hernandez's Reign as the World's Shortest Man Could Be the Shortest in History

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - September 6, 2010) -  Guinness World Records, the global authority on record breaking, today announces the new world's shortest man as 2 ft 3.46 in (70.21 cm) Edward Niño Hernandez from Colombia who is featured in the new Guinness World Records 2011 book out on September 15th (16th in the UK).

Edward Hernandez, who is commonly referred to as Niño (meaning child), inherits the title from China's He Pingping, who sadly passed away in March. Niño currently lives in Bogota with his parents and four brothers who all work in their family run business making pajamas. His hobbies include playing soccer and dancing to Reggaeton, a popular Latin American dance. The newly crowned record holder said: "I am very happy to be recognized as the shortest man in the world. Every person is different and unique. The more unusual you are the more you should fight and work harder."

Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday said: "He Pingping's death resonated around the world and it wasn't long before our search for a new shortest man revealed Niño from Colombia. What's remarkable is that this little dancer is a whole 4 cm (2 in) shorter than Pingping -- it's crazy to think that a human being could get any shorter. Of course, the question is will Niño still have the record by Christmas? With 17-year-old Khagendra waiting in the wings, there's a good chance that Niño will only hold the record for a few more weeks."

It is expected that Niño will hold on to the title of world's shortest man for just one more month. The current shortest teenager, Nepal's Khagendra Thapa Magar, will turn 18 on October 14th, and at last measurement was 2 ft 1.8 in tall; 2 inches shorter than Niño.

Guinness World Records 2011 is published later this month on September 15th, 2010 and is the latest edition of the world's best-selling copyright book (115 million copies to date). Guinness World Records is the globally-recognized authority on record-breaking achievements.

Note to editors:
Khagendra Thapa Magar (Nepal) is currently recognized as the Shortest Living Teenager according to Guinness World Records guidelines, which state that candidates must be 18 years old to be considered an adult. Guinness World Records plan to measure Khagendra again in October upon his 18th birthday.

About Guinness World Records

Guinness World Records is the universally recognized authority on record-breaking achievement. First published in 1955, the annual Guinness World Records book is published in more than 100 countries and 25 languages and is one of the highest-selling books under copyright of all time with more than 3 million copies sold annually across the globe. Guinness World Records celebrated its 50th anniversary edition in 2004, a year after the sale of its 100 millionth copy. Guinness World Records also annually publishes the Gamer's Edition; a records book devoted solely to the world of computer gaming and high score record achievements.