Nepal Shortest Man
Bharat Koirala  /  AP
Nepal's shortest man, Khagendra Thapa Magar, plays a guitar as he celebrates his 18th birthday on Wednesday.
updated 10/15/2009 11:25:36 AM ET 2009-10-15T15:25:36

Now that he's all grown up, 18-year-old Khagendra Thapa Magar of Nepal wants the world to know just how tiny he is.

Magar, who stands 22 inches tall, has been waiting four years for his chance to take the title of the world's shortest person.

On Thursday, a day after his birthday and becoming an adult, supporters mailed an application package to Guinness World Record in London seeking to stake his place in the record book.

Magar's family initially filed a claim when he was just 14 years old but it was rejected since he was not an adult and there was a chance he might grow, said Min Bahadur Ranamagar of the Khagendra Thapa Magar Foundation.

Ranamagar said it was not clear how long the certification process would take. When Magar applied four years ago, Guinness officials said he would need to be examined by a doctor to confirm he had stopped growing.

The current record is held by 21-year-old He Pingping of China, who is 29 inches tall.

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  1. Khagendra Thapa Magar is the world's shortest man, Guinness World Records confirmed Oct. 14, 2010. The Napalese teen, 18, has a height of 26.4 inches. The previous record holder measured 27 inches. (Narendra Shrestha / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. A Nepalese doctor measures Khagendra Thapa Magar in front of a Guinness World Records official. The teen's tiny stature has made him a celebrity in his homeland of Pokhara. (Prakash Mathema / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Nepal's Khagendra Thapa Magar eats noodles at his home on the eve of his 18th birthday in Pokhara, which is more than 100 miles from Katmandu, Nepal. Magar's family has campaigned for years to get him the crown, but earlier requests to Guinness were rejected because of the possibility he might grow. (Altaf Qadri / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Khagendra Thapa Magar, seen here Oct. 13, 2010, weighs just over 12 pounds. The teen was tiny even at birth, weighing just 1.3 pounds. His father says he has no explanation for why he never grew taller — his younger brother is a normal height for a boy of 13. (Altaf Qadri / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Khagendra Thapa Magar — who already travels as part of a dancing troupe when he isn't helping his parents in their fruit shop — seems ready for the media spotlight that will accompany his new title. In this picture, he arrives to meet members of the media days before he was deemed the shortest man in the world. (Altaf Qadri / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Khagendra Thapa Magar is held next to a life-sized figure of Robert Wadlow, the world's tallest man ever, during a photo shoot in New York City's Times Square in September 2010. (Emmanuel Dunand / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Khagendra Thapa Magar, pictured when he was 15-year-old, gets ready to go outside in March 2007 in Pokhara, Nepal.

    Khagendra lives with his biological family and is also cared for as a family member by his manager who has set up a foundation in his name. He eats about 3.5 ounces of food per day. (Paula Bronstein / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Magar sits in the lap of a fully grown adult friend on March 2007 in Pokhara, Nepal. (Paula Bronstein / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Magar is held affectionately by Padamkali, a close family relative, on March 12, 2007, in Pokhara, Nepal. (Paula Bronstein / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Magar poses for the camera on March 13, 2007, in Pokhara, Nepal. (Paula Bronstein / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Magar relaxes with Dhan Kumari, who is his manager's wife and acts as his second mother, on March 13, 2007, in Pokhara, Nepal. (Paula Bronstein / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Magar plays with some of his toys outside his house on March 12, 2007, in Pokhara, Nepal. (Paula Bronstein / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Magar holds the hand of a fully grown adult friend on March 13, 2007, in Pokhara, Nepal. (Paula Bronstein / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Magar goes on a ride to Fewa Lake with his manager, Min Bahadur Rana Magar, on March 13, 2007, in Pokhara, Nepal. (Paula Bronstein / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Magar fits into a handbag held by held by his mother, Dhan Maya, on March 13, 2007, in Pokhara, Nepal. (Paula Bronstein / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Magar cooks an egg in the kitchen with the help of Khan Kumari ,who is his manager's wife, on March 13, 2007 in Pokhara, Nepal. (Paula Bronstein / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Magar plays with some of his toys outside his house on March 12, 2007, in Pokhara, Nepal. (Paula Bronstein / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Seventeen-year-old Magar stands with father Rup Bahadur Thapa Magar at his temporary residence in Kathmandu, Nepal, on June 10. (Narendra Shrestha / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
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