Edward Hernandez: The new world's shortest man

275x250.jpgA Colombian man who measures just 2ft 3inch tall has been named the new world's shortest man by Guinness World Records.

Edward Niño Hernandez - known as as Niño (meaning child) - has inherited the title from China's He Pingping, who passed away in March.

Hernandez currently lives in Bogota with his parents and four brothers and says his hobbies include playing soccer and dancing.

Despite being found during a search for the world's shortest man after Pingping's death, Niño is actually 4cm shorter than his predecessor at 70.21 cm.

But Hernandez’s reign as the shortest man could be the shortest in history... the current shortest teenager, Nepal's Khagendra Thapa Magar, will turn 18 on October 14th, and is 2 inches smaller.
275x250.jpg "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," said Hernandez.

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."

Edward Niño Hernandez will at least get to see himself is the Guinness World Records 2011 book which is published later this month.

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