The world’s tallest man Sultan Kosen married Merve Dibo in Southern Turkey. Kosen, 31-year-old native of Ankara, was awarded as the Guinness World’s Tallest Man in 2011. Standing at 8 feet and 3 inches, Kosen is 2 feet and 7 inches taller than his wife. Dibo’s height is reportedly 5 feet and 8 inches. The unusual height of Kosen is brought about by a rare disorder called pituitary gigantism that enables his body to continuously produce growth hormones. According to reports, the national average height of people in Turkey is approximately 5 feet and 1 inch.
Kosen‘s hand and feet, measuring about 27.5 cm and 36.5 cm respectively, were also world record values based on the Guinness Book. Reports say that the world’s tallest man is one of only ten people ever to go over 8 feet. According to Guinness World Record Kosen took the title from Xi Shun of China who was measured in 2005 at 2.361 m (7 ft 8.95 in) in height. Sultan Kosen is 8ft 3ins, and dwarfs his 5ft 8ins bride Merve Dibo. He also has 27.5cm hands 36.5cm feet - a massive size 28. Kosen has long been searching for a woman to share his life with. He is one of only 10 people ever to top 8ft and the first in a decade. The world’s tallest man married his soulmate at a ceremony in Turkey, bringing a happy ending to his search for a bride. Mr Kosen looked a picture of true happiness and pride as he walked hand in hand with his new wife, Merve Dibo. The besotted pair tied the knot in the southern Turkish city of Mardin. The gentle giant had previously despaired of finding a soulmate who would prove a perfect fit.
The World's tallest man Sultan Kosen looked thrilled as he held his bride Merve Dibo's hand
The gentle giant danced without his usual walking stick
So when the 30-year-old finally met, and fell in love with, Merve Dibo, he said it was nothing short of a miracle that she was just as taken with him. In a bespoke suit and shoes, to fit his world-record sized body and feet, Mr Kosen and his wife were grinning ear to ear throughout their day of celebrations. Towering 2ft 7in above his new wife, the part-time farmer was pictured without his usual walking stick as he danced the night away.
Towering above his friends and family, Mr Kosen looked happier on his wedding day
The couple were mobbed by well-wishers eager to get a picture
Before meeting Miss Dibo, Mr Kosen had spoken of his difficulties in finding a partner, as most potential girlfriends were put off by his size. But the part-time farmer, who had ordered a custom-made suit and size 28 shoes for his wedding, said he was thrilled to have found ‘the person for me’.
The couple dance the halay, a Turkish national dance. Kosen, 30, added, ‘It was unfortunate that I could not find a suitable girl of my own size. But now I will have my own family and private life.’ He began shooting up at the age of ten, became the tallest man in the world in 2009 and finally stopped growing in 2011. The all-time record holder was Robert Wadlow from Illinois, who died in 1940 measuring just over 8ft 11in.