A 14-year-old boy is set to become the tallest teenager in the world.
Schoolboy Xiaoyu, from Leshan City in China’s southwestern province of Sichuan, towers over his family and friends at a staggering 7ft3in tall and is awaiting confirmation from the Guinness World Records that he is the tallest male teen on Earth.
Xiaoyu’s latest height was recorded on his 14th birthday on Sunday (October 18) and he is so large that he needs to have special furniture made.
His grandmother Wu Mei said: “He has grown a lot taller in the last two years.”
In August the family submitted an application for Xiaoyu to be officially recognised as the Tallest Youth (Male) in the Guinness Book of World Records.
The towering youngster 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 graduation.
“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, went to Leshan to certify Xiaoyu’s challenge.
Lei was joined by Li Song, a doctor from Leshan People’s Hospital, and a journalist from the newspaper Red Star News.
The certification officer 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.
The officials measured him three times to be sure about the height – in the morning, at midday and in the evening.
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.