Furious war erupts between tallest men on Earth as each claims theyre biggest

A dispute has erupted between two men who both claim to be the tallest man in the world.

The high-level disagreement comes as 29-year-old Sulemana Abdul Samed, from northern Ghana, has been measured at an almost incredible 9 ft 6in.

That height would make him comfortably the tallest man that has ever lived… but there’s a question mark hanging over him; the small clinic in rural Ghana that measured him doesn’t actually have a tape measure long enough to confirm his height.

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A shocked nurse told him: "You've grown taller than the scale.” Sulemana owes his remarkable height to a rare condition called Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects the body's connective tissues and results in abnormally long limbs.

Meanwhile, the official tallest man in the world is intent on defending his title.

In 2009, Sultan Kösen became the first man to be confirmed as standing over 8 ft tall by Guinness World Records in over 20 years.

The part-time farmer from Turkey stands 8’1” tall – even though the rest of his family, including his parents and four siblings, are all average size.

And as far he’s concerned, the Turkish giant is still the world’s tallest man.

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"I hear some news saying, 'Sultan's record is over, there are people taller than Sultan’,” he told the Andalou News Agency. "If there is, let's measure our height.

"I've held my record for 14 years. I will not lose my record to anyone. I'm determined about it."

Sultan was born on 10 December 1982, but until he was 10 years old, his hight was more or less in line with other boys his age.

His spectacular height is caused by a condition known as "pituitary gigantism", which is the result of an over-production of growth hormone.

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As a teenager, basketball fan Sultan was signed up to the Galatasaray team, but unfortunately he was considered too tall to play the game professionally.

He has other ambitions though: ”It’s really difficult to find a girlfriend. They are usually scared of me. Hopefully now that I'm famous I'll be able to meet lots of girls. My dream is to be married."

Meanwhile, his Ghanaian rival may not be quite as tall as earlier reports suggested.

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Reporter Favour Nunoo, from the BBC's Pidgin News service, took a 16-foot tape measure out to the village of Gambaga to confirm the claims of Sulemana’s incredible height.

According to that measurement – achieved by getting the Ghanaian giant to lean against a wall and making a charcoal mark just above his head – Sulemana is a more modest 7ft 4in.

However, he has not yet given up hope.

After being told that Sultan is about a foot taller than he is, Sulemana said: ”I’m still growing tall. Who knows, maybe one day I may get to that height too”.

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