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Last Updated: Thursday October 14 2010 12:20 GMT

Nepalese dancer named the world's shortest man

The world's shortest man Khagendra Thapa Magar

A man from Nepal has been named the world's shortest man at just 67cm tall.

Khagendra Thapa Magar has taken the title after beating the previous record holder, a man from Colombia, by just 3cm.

His family have campaigned for years to get him the title but Guinness officials turned them down because they said he was still young enough to grow.

Now he's turned 18 he's an adult so he's been officially crowned at a ceremony in his hometown of Pokhara.

The world's shortest man Khagendra Thapa Magar
Khagendra is 67cm tall and weighs just 6.5kg.

Khagendra travels as part of a dancing troupe and helps out his parents in their fruit shop.

Mystery

He has a 13-year-old brother who is a normal height for his age.

His father says he doesn't know why his son never grew taller and doctors in Nepal haven't been able to work out why either.