Sydney (Tribune International, 28 Feb 2014, Report by Suffan Hassan): World’s tallest man, 31 year old, a Turkish Muslim, Sultan Kösen visited Gallipoli Mosque (Auburn, Sydney) for Friday Prayer. He was
the centre of attention after the Prayer was completed with many onlookers taking photos and greeting the towering figure.
Sultan, a Turkish farmer, holds the Guinness World Record for the tallest living male at 2.51 m (8 ft 3 in). He also holds the record for the largest hands measuring at 27.5cm. His enormous growth has resulted from a tumour affecting his pituitary gland. However, starting in 2010, Kösen received Gamma Knife treatment for his pituitary tumour at the University of Virginia Medical School. He has also been provided with medication to control his excessive levels of growth hormone. His stature is such that he must use crutches in order to walk.
Sultan is in Sydney for the Turkish Festival at Darling Harbour this weekend.