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Pictured: Jyoti Amge confirmed as world's smallest woman

Jyoti Amge, 18, who stands at 61.95 centimeters (2 feet), holds the hand of her elder sister's son Vishatej, 5, as other sister Rupali looks on at her residence before a press conference with Guinness World Records in Nagpur, India, Friday, Dec. 16, 2011.
Jyoti Amge, 18, who stands at 61.95 centimeters (2 feet), holds the hand of her elder sister's son Vishatej, 5, as other sister Rupali looks on at her residence before a press conference with Guinness World Records in Nagpur, India, Friday, Dec. 16, 2011.
Indian Jyoti Amge, 18, who stands at 61.95 centimeters (2 feet), combs her hair in front of a mirror as she prepares for a press conference with Guinness World Records in Nagpur, India, Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. Officials from Guinness were expected to measure Amge later Friday and declare her the World's Shortest Woman. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Relatives congratulate Indian Jyoti Amge, 18, who stands at 61.95 centimeters (2 feet), before a press conference with Guinness World Records in Nagpur, India, Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. Officials from Guinness were expected to measure Amge later Friday and declare her the World's Shortest Woman. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Indian Jyoti Amge, 18, who stands at 61.95 centimeters (2 feet), puts on lipstick while her sister Archna looks on as she prepares for a press conference with Guinness World Records in Nagpur, India, Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. Officials from Guinness were expected to measure Amge later Friday and declare her the World's Shortest Woman. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Indian Jyoti Amge,18, reacts at her residence before a press conference with the Guinness World Records in Nagpur, India, Friday, Dec.16, 2011. Amge was declared the shortest woman in the world measuring 62.8 centimeters (24.7 inches) by the Guinness World Records. (AP Photo/ Manish Swarup)

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

Guinness representatives today 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 Amge's first Guinness record. Until Friday she was considered the world's shortest teenager, but in turning 18 qualified for the new title.

Guinness says in a statement 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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