Turkish Sultan Kosen has been officially recognized as the world's tallest man by Guinness World Records, after measuring in at 8ft 1in.

Kosen, 26, also holds the record for the largest hands (10.8in) and biggest feet (14.3in).

As a child, the world's tallest man was diagnosed with a pituitary tumor that caused his body to grow uncontrollably, leaving him with difficulty walking, not to mention fitting in.

Kosen is one of three children and was discovered to be more than 10cm taller than the previous title holder of the world's tallest man, Bao Xishun, who was 7ft 9in from China.

The first thing I want is a car I can fit into, Kosen told reporters in London on Wednesday. More than that, I want to get married. It's really difficult to find a girlfriend. They are usually scared of me.

Kosen was unable to complete his schooling because of his extreme height, but works occasionally as a farmer to support his family.

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The world's tallest man, Sultan Kosen from Turkey, poses for photographers at an event in London September 16, 2009. Kosen, who is 2 metres 46.5 cm (8 feet 1 inch) tall and also claims the record for the largest hands and largest feet, attended the event to promote the Guinness World Records 2010 book. REUTERS/Andrew Winning
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The world's tallest man, Sultan Kosen from Turkey, poses for photographers at an event in London September 16, 2009. Kosen, who is 2 metres 46.5 cm (8 feet 1 inch) tall and also claims the record for the largest hands and largest feet, attended the event to promote the Guinness World Records 2010 book. REUTERS/Andrew Winning
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The world's tallest man, Sultan Kosen from Turkey, poses for photographers at an event in London September 16, 2009. Kosen, who is 2 metres 46.5 cm (8 feet 1 inch) tall and also claims the record for the largest hands and largest feet, attended the event to promote the Guinness World Records 2010 book. REUTERS/Andrew Winning
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Schoolboy Josh Henderson, 10, holds his hand against that of the world's tallest man, Sultan Kosen from Turkey, as they pose for photographers at an event in London September 16, 2009. Kosen, who is 2 metres 46.5 cm (8 feet 1 inch) tall and also claims the record for the largest hands and largest feet, attended the event to promote the Guinness World Records 2010 book. REUTERS/Andrew Winning