Dor Bahadur Khapangi (Nepal) has officially been confirmed as the shortest teenager living (male).

Khapangi, born 14 November 2004, is now 17 years old.

The measurement took place on 23 March 2022 in Kathmandu, Nepal. 

Shortest teen with certificate

In the Nepalese capital, Khapangi was confirmed to be an average height of 73.43 cm (2 ft 4.9 in).

Khapangi was later presented with his Guinness World Records certificate by Nepal Tourism Board CEO Dhananjay Regmi.

"I'm happy that my brother has received a Guinness World Records certificate," said Khapangi’s older brother, Nara Bahadur Khapangi. 

His brother acted as a spokesperson for Khapangi during the ceremony, since the teen was shy in front of the cameras. 

Khapangi with his older brother

The youngest son of two Nepalese farmers, Khapangi lives in the Sindhuli district, around 130 kilometres (81 miles) southeast of the capital, with his parents and siblings. 

At the moment, he is studying in his village's school.

However, his brother hopes that being recognized by Guinness World Records will help further Khapangi’s education.

"Dor Bahadur was all fine when he was born. He, however, didn’t grow from the age of seven. His peers grew but Dor Bahadur didn’t. We don’t know why," Nara Bahadur Khapangi reported to La Prensa Latina.

Shortest People

Previously, the title for shortest living teenager (male) was held by Khagendra Thapa Magar. 

Just like Khapangi, Khagendra was also Nepalese.

Born October 1992, Khagendra had primordial dwarfism and was measured to be 65.58 cm (2 ft 1.8 in) 

After his 18th birthday, Khagendra became the shortest living man (mobile) and sadly passed at only 27 in 2020. 

Khagendra Thapa Magar, the previous shortest man in the world

The overall shortest person in the world is the shortest living female living (mobile), Jyoti Amge (India). 

With her 62.8 cm (2 ft 0.72 in), she's been an iconic part of the Guinness World Records' family since 2009. She's been a proud Hall Of Fame inductee, and has appeared in many editions of the Guinness World Records book. 

Jyoti with her family

Measuring ten centimetres more than Jyoti, Colombia’s Edward Niño Hernandez is the shortest man living (mobile).

Hernandez’s record was confirmed during 2020 in Bogotá, where he measured 72.1 cm (2 ft 4.38 in).