Rochester: Guinness World Records has recognized a Minnesota man as the tallest man in the United States.
The Guinness World Record Association measured Rochester`s Igor Vovkovinskiy (voh-kov-IN`-ski) at 7 feet, 8.33 inches tall during NBC`s "The Dr. Oz Show" on Monday. He edged out Norfolk, Va., sheriff`s deputy George Bell by a third of an inch.
The 27-year-old Vovkovinskiy is originally from Ukraine but moved to Minnesota with his mother when he was 7 years old for treatment at the Mayo Clinic for a pituitary disease that spurred his rapid growth.
Vovkovinskiy now attends the Minnesota School of Business and is pursuing a degree in paralegal studies.
Guinness says the world`s tallest man is Turkey`s Sultan Kosen. He measures in at 8 feet, 1 inch tall.