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  Man claims to be world's tallest
Updated 18 February 2002, 14.42
Hussein Bisad is taller than a phone box
A man who says he's 7ft 9in is claiming to be the world's tallest living man.

Hussain Bisad is from Somalia in East Africa but is living in London.

He came to Britain after fleeing a civil war in Somalia in which robbers shot him in the knee.

The 27-year-old has size 26 feet and is still growing. He told The Sun newspaper he's getting taller every year.

Measuring up

But Bisad now has to prove that he measures up.

Officially, the current record holder is 7ft 8in Tunisian Radhouane Charbib.

Fact File
Hussein Bisad's big facts
Sleeps in a special 9ft bed
Needs two seats on a plane
Phone boxes and doorways are tricky!
Only has 2 shirts and 2 pairs of trousers
Eats 5lb of pasta in one meal
Weighs 33 stone
And Guinness World Records says Bisad will have to be measured four times over two days to see if he's taller.

But doctors say he could be suffering from a rare and dangerous condition which makes people keep growing after they should have stopped.

The world's tallest ever man was American Robert Wadlow, who died in 1940, at 8ft 11ins.

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