14-Year-Old Set To Become Tallest Male Teenager In The World
Remember how massive the tallest kid in your school was? They've almost certainly got nothing on this guy.
Meet Xiaoyu, a 14-year-old from China who measures well over seven foot tall - and looks set to become the tallest male teenager in the world. Blimey, imagine how many jokes he has to endure on a daily basis about ducking under doorways.
According to national newspaper New, Xiaoyu - who hails from Leshan City, in the southwestern province of Sichuan - reached a height of 7.25ft on his 14th birthday, which fell on 18 October.
A journalist for Red Star News - given the presumably mammoth task of confirming the boy's height, along with several other officials - reported that the youngster's height meant that he'd had to have special furniture made, including a desk and chair that he could actually fit into.
Bet your old school desk doesn't seem quite so cramped now, does it?
Xiaoyu's grandmother Wu Mei told Red Star News: "He has grown a lot taller in the past two years," which makes a lot of sense.
Red Star News reporter first came to meet Xiaoyu in June 2018, when he was still in the sixth grade of elementary school. At the time he was a mere 6.59ft tall. Why, that's practically miniature.
The young LAD told Red Star News that he wanted to challenge the Guinness World Record and become the world's tallest teen.
Mission accomplished, I'd say - fast-forward to August 2020 and Xiaoyu and his family were able to submit an application for Tallest Youth (Male) in the Guinness Book of World Records, via the official Guinness website.
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He said: "Since I have entered school, I have noticed that I am taller than the other kids at my age. Many students were mistaking me as a fellow from the senior generation.
"That did disturb me but I decided to make it something positive by applying to Guinness to see if I could get the world record."
Lu Lei, a Guinness World Records certification officer, later came to Leshan to certify Xiaoyu's challenge to the title of Tallest Youth (Male).
Lei was joined by Li Song (a doctor from Leshan People's Hospital) and Red Star News' journalist, who participated in the measurement and acted as witnesses for the application.
Lei said: "The challenger must be male and aged between 13-18. At the moment the former holder of the Guinness World Record is over 18 years old."
However, he added that the comparison was not relevant as the new challenger is much younger.
To be extra sure about the measurement - well, I suppose you've got to be with these things - the officials measured him three times; in the morning, at midday and in the evening. Fair enough.
After the measurement certification was completed it was sent to London to be audited at the Guinness headquarters. Once confirmed, Xiaoyu expects to become the new world record holder.
Good luck with your dream, mate. Keep your head in the clouds.
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