Väinö Myllyrinne

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Väinö Myllyrinne
Väinö Myllyrinne kättelemässä.jpg
Väinö Myllyrinne (right) shaking hands with a man of normal stature
Born(1909-02-27)27 February 1909
Died13 April 1963(1963-04-13) (aged 54)
Helsinki, Finland
Height251.4 cm (8 ft 3 in)
Weight171 kg (2,640,000 gr; 6,000 oz; 377 lb)

Väinö Myllyrinne (27 February 1909 – 13 April 1963)[1]) was an acromegalic giant who was at one time (1940?–1963) the world's tallest living person, and may have become the tallest after the death of Robert Wadlow. He stood 224 cm (7 ft 4 in) and weighed 141 kg (22 stone; 311 pounds) at the age of 21, but experienced a second phase of growth in his late thirties, attaining a height of 251.4 cm (8 ft 3.0 in) and weighing 376 pounds.

Myllyrinne was born in Helsinki, Grand Duchy of Finland, and is considered the tallest soldier ever, having served in the Finnish Defence Forces. He underwent his conscript training in 1929 in the Viipuri Heavy Artillery Regiment, and was 220 cm (7 ft 3 in) tall and very strong. In the 1930s he travelled around Europe as a professional wrestler and circus performer. He returned to Finland in 1939 to serve in the Finnish Army during the Winter War. In 1946, he moved to Järvenpää and ran a chicken farm. He died in Helsinki in 1963 and is buried at Järvenpää.

In 1962, just a year before his death, he was measured by doctors at 2.47 m (8 ft 1.2 in). He had a 340 mm (13.4 in) size hand, the greatest known.

Preceded by
Robert Wadlow
Tallest Recognized Person
Succeeded by
Unknown: Closest is Don Koehler who had the record six years later.


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