Väinö Myllyrinne

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Väinö Myllyrinne
Väinö Myllyrinne kättelemässä.jpg
Väinö Myllyrinne (Right)
Born (1909-02-27)February 27, 1909
Helsinki, Finland
Died April 13, 1963(1963-04-13) (aged 54)
Helsinki, Finland
Nationality Finland Finnish
Height 251 cm (8 ft 3 in)
Weight 175 kg (386 lb)

Väinö Myllyrinne (27 February 1909 in Helsinki – 13 April 1963 in Helsinki, Finland[1]) was an acromegalic giant who was at one time (1961–1963) the world's tallest living person. He stood 224 cm (7 ft 4 in) and weighed 149.6 kg (24 stone; 330 pounds) at the age of 21, but experienced a second phase of growth in his late thirties, attaining a height of 251 cm (8 ft 3 in) and weighing 386 pounds.

Myllyrinne 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 really 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 1963 and is buried in 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
1940?-1963
Succeeded by
Unknown: Closest is Don Koehler who had the record six years later.

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