Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Indian woman is world's shortest

Jyoti Amge, the world's shortest woman, is just 62.8 centimetres (24.7 inches) tall (AP)

An Indian woman is celebrating her 18th birthday by winning the title of world's shortest woman from the Guinness World Records.

Guinness representatives measured Jyoti Amge at 62.8 centimetres (24.7 inches) tall - seven centimetres (2.76 inches) shorter than the 22-year-old American who had held the title since September.

It is not Ms Amge's first Guinness record. Until last Friday she was considered the world's shortest teenager, but in turning 18 qualified for the new title.

Guinness said in a statement Ms Amge has grown less than one centimetre (0.4 inch) in the last two years and will grow no more due to a form of dwarfism called achondroplasia.

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