Wed Sep 16, 7:05 PM ET On Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009 photo, Sultan Kosen from Turkey stands in front of Tower Bridge in London. A towering Turk was officially crowned the world's tallest man Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009 after his Ukrainian rival dropped out of the running by refusing to be measured. Guinness World Records said that 8 foot 1 inch (2.47 meter) Sultan Kosen, from the town of Mardin in eastern Turkey, is now officially the tallest man walking the planet. Although the previous record holder, Ukrainian Leonid Stadnyk, reportedly measured 8 feet 5.5 inches (2.57 meters), Guinness said he was stripped of his title when he declined to let anyone confirm his height.(Source: AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) Vimbwanga hivyo - Hashim haoini ndani!