Junrey Balawing

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Junrey Balawing
Born(1993-06-12)June 12, 1993
DiedJuly 28, 2020(2020-07-28) (aged 27)
Known forshortest recognised living person (September 3, 2015)
Height59.93 cm (1 ft 11.59 in)[2]

Junrey Balawing (/nˈr/ joon-REE; Tagalog pronunciation: [dʒunˈrɪ bɐˈlawɪŋ] (About this soundlisten); born June 12, 1993 – July 28, 2020) was a Filipino record holder at the Guinness World Records for the world's shortest man alive measuring at 60.00 centimetres (23.62 in) tall.[3] The declaration came during Balawing's 18th birthday celebration.[4] Guinness World Records official said Balawing broke the record of Khagendra Thapa Magar of Nepal, who was 0.67 m (2 ft 2+13 in) tall.[5]

He stopped growing at the age of 1. Balawing, the son of a poor blacksmith, was born and lived in Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte, about 865 kilometres (537 mi) south of the capital Manila. Although he was documented as the shortest living man, he missed the title of shortest man in history, which was held until 2012 by Gul Mohammed of India, who was 57 centimetres (22 in) tall and died on October 1, 1997.[6][7]

In February 2012, Chandra Bahadur Dangi of Nepal, who stands 54.6 centimetres (21.5 in) tall was declared the world's shortest living man ever. As a result, Junrey held the record for less than a year.[8]

Following the death of Chandra Bahadur Dangi on September 3, 2015,[9] Balawing held the title of the shortest living man until his own death at age 27 on July 28, 2020.[10] Prior to his passing, he resided in Dapitan City with his family.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Parco, Bernadette (2 January 2019). "Dapitan, Dipolog, Dumaguete: Three destinations in three days". GMA News Online. Retrieved 27 October 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "World's shortest man: From Junrey Balawing to Khagendra Thapa Magar - past holders of the title". guinnessworldrecords.com. Guinness World Records. 26 February 2012. Retrieved 6 December 2015. Measuring 23.6 inches (60.00 cm) in height, Junrey weighs just 5kgs [sic].
  3. ^ News Asia-Pacific. (2011-06-12). Philippines man crowned world's shortest. BBC News. Retrieved 2011-07-08.
  4. ^ Jay Directo (AFP). (2011-06-12). Filipino teen Junrey Balawing declared world's shortest man News.Com Australia. Retrieved 2011-06-12.
  5. ^ Associated Press. (2011-06-12). World record as 60cm teen Junrey Balawing turns 18 The Australian. Retrieved 2011-06-12.
  6. ^ Everett Rosenfeld. (June 2011). New 'World's Shortest Man' Celebrates Birthday, World Record Newsfeed Time. Retrieved 2011-06-15.
  7. ^ Abhijit Naik. (2010-06-29) Smallest Man in the World Archived 2012-07-22 at archive.today. Buzzle.Com Website Retrieved 2011-06-17.
  8. ^ Taggart, Frankie (2012-02-26). "Sorry Junrey, Nepali is world's shortest man". Agence France Presse. ABS-CBN News. Retrieved February 26, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Pokharel, Krishna (4 September 2015). "The World's Shortest Man Dies, a Photo Tribute to Nepal's Chandra Bahadur Dangi". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 27 October 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ Diestro, Dynah (30 July 2020). "Pinoy na 'World's Shortest Man', pumanaw na". ABS-CBN News (in Tagalog). ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2 August 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
Preceded by
Khagendra Thapa Magar
Shortest recognised living person
Succeeded by
Chandra Bahadur Dangi
Preceded by
Chandra Bahadur Dangi
Shortest recognised living person
Succeeded by