Edward “Nio” Hernandez, a 36-year-old Colombian, who measured 70.21 cm, held the previous record.
Iran’s 20-year-old man now holds the record for the world’s shortest man, standing 65.24 centimetres (2 feet, 1.6 inches) shorter than the previous holder by nearly 7 centimetres. Afshin Esmaeil Ghaderzadeh was discovered in a remote village in Bukan County, West Azerbaijan Province, Iran, on July 13, 2002, the day he was born.
For the first time, Ghaderzadeh left his home in Iran and flew to Dubai with his parents to check the record at the Guinness World Records office. The precise height of the record was determined by measuring him three times over the course of 24 hours, according to the Guinness World Records website. A video of Ghaderzadeh was also uploaded to YouTube on Thursday by Guinness World Records.
Ghaderzadeh went to Dubai to see the Burj Khalifa, which is the tallest building in the world. Since his neighbourhood school refused to teach him, he had to receive tutoring at home as a child. He went to a Dubai barber for a quick shave and trim and a tailor to have his suit altered in anticipation of breaking a new world record. His three-piece suit, which was made for children between the ages of 2 and 3, needed to be adjusted.
On YouTube, a user left a comment that read, “Congratulations, and wish him a healthy and happy life.” Another person added, “We ought to get another picture of the people who are the shortest and the tallest together.” A third person shared, “It seems he has a personality that is very kind and generous.”
Ghaderzadeh speaks the Farsi dialect of Kurdish and Persian.
He weighed 700 g (1.5 lb) when he was born and now weighs almost 6.5 kg (14.3 lb).
According to the Guinness World Records website, “The man is well-versed in using a smartphone, despite finding it difficult to carry.” He was quoted as saying, “I still manage to use phones in general, which are heavy to use for a long time.” Despite his family’s hard work, they sometimes struggle to pay for his medication, treatment, and living expenses in their modest home.
The majority of his time is spent watching cartoons and, more recently, browsing social media. According to the Guinness World Records entry, he has a friend who assists him in communicating with followers on his Instagram account, @mohamadghaderzadeh_official.