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Published May 24, 2010, 11:08 PM

Minnesota Man is America's Tallest Person

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Guinness World Records has recognized a Minnesota man as the tallest man in the United States.

The Guinness World Record Association measured Igor Vovkovinskiy, of Rochester, at 7 feet, 8.33 inches during an installment of NBC's "The Dr. Oz Show" that aired Monday. He edged out George Bell, a sheriff's deputy in Norfolk, Va., by a third of an inch.

The 27-year-old, who's originally from Ukraine, 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 Sultan Kosen, of Turkey, who measures in at 8-foot-1.

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