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Indonesia’s tallest man falls short 印尼男子挑戰世界最高紀錄失敗

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An Indonesian laborer who hoped to be named the world’s tallest man is actually five centimeters shorter than record-holder Sultan Kosen of Turkey, an official announced.

Suparwono, who like many Indonesians goes by just one name, was said to be 2.71m tall compared to Kosen’s record height of 2.47m.

But official measurements taken by Indonesia’s Museum of Records found the 25-year-old Suparwono stood at 2.42m, enough to make him Indonesia’s tallest man but not enough to qualify for the Guinness World Records.

“After our team from the Museum of Record measured him lying down and in the standing position we found that his height is 2.42m,” museum director Ngadri told AFP.

“We had reports this morning including the result of measurements from a hospital which were 2.71m. But we have to stick to our measurement,” he said.

Suparwono shot to fame after one of his relatives in his home village of Tri Tunggal Jaya, in Sumatra island’s southern Lampung province, invited neighbors to take pictures of him.

Within days he was appearing on television talk shows in Jakarta as the “Giant of Lampung.”

Suparwono said sometimes he felt “proud” of his height but “it also gives me problems because I can’t live like normal people,” citing the difficulty of fitting into public buses and finding clothes large enough for his frame.

“I started to realize my exceptional height when I was 10 years old. At that time, I was already the tallest at my school and in my village,” he told AFP between television appearances.

“I eat three kilograms of rice every day and at least 15 eggs,” he added.

Suparwono lives with his parents and earns money doing odd jobs around the village.

But Lampung Governor Sjachroedin Zainal promised to give him a “proper job” and make him an ambassador for the province.

“He’s one of our provincial assets. In 2010 we’ll name him as the ‘Visit Lampung Year’ icon,” he said.

(AFP)

「印尼紀錄博物館」人員宣布,印尼一名希望奪下世界第一長人頭銜的勞工,以五公分之差,敗給現任紀錄保持人土耳其的索坦.寇森。

和許多印尼人一樣只有單名的蘇帕沃諾,據稱身高有兩百七十一公分,世界紀錄保持人寇森則是兩百四十七公分高。

但「印尼紀錄博物館」正式的測量結果顯示,二十五歲的蘇帕沃諾身高兩百四十二公分,堪稱是印尼最高的人,但仍未打破金氏世界紀錄。

博物館總監恩軋追對法新社說:「館方人員測量他躺下和站立時的身長,發現他的身高是兩百四十二公分。」

他說:「我們今早收到報告,其中包括醫院測出的兩百七十一公分結果。但我們還是以我們的測量為主。」

蘇帕沃諾家鄉(蘇門答臘島南部楠榜省的崔屯格加雅村)的一個親戚邀請鄰居來替他拍照後,他便聲名遠播。

不出幾日,他就以「楠榜省巨人」之姿,受邀到雅加達去上談話性節目。

蘇帕沃諾說,有時他的身高讓他感到「驕傲」,不過「也造成諸多不便,因為不能像正常人一樣生活。」像搭公車,還有找合適的大尺寸衣服都相當不便。

他在上節目空檔對法新社表示:「我十歲時開始發現,我的身高異於常人。當時我已經是全校、也是全村最高的人了。」

他還說:「我每天要吃三公斤的米,還有至少十五顆蛋。」

蘇帕沃諾和父母同住,靠在村裡打零工過活。

但楠榜省省長夏赫魯汀.柴納允諾要給他一份「合適的工作」,並讓他擔任該省的宣傳大使。

他說:「他是我們省的資產之一。我們將於二O一O年任命他為『楠榜省歡迎年』代表。」

(法新社╱翻譯:袁星塵)

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