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Deputy Loses Title As Tallest Man in the United States

Associated Press

May 25, 2010

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Norfolk sheriff’s deputy George Bell has lost his title as the tallest man in the United States but hopes he can still be an inspiration to others.

The Guinness World Record Association measured Rochester’s Igor Vovkovinskiy at 7 feet, 8.33 inches tall during NBC’s “The Dr. Oz Show” on Monday. He edged out Bell by a third of an inch.

The 52-year-old Bell, a Portsmouth resident, had held the Guinness title since November 2007. He says Guinness officials called his publicist a few days ago to let him know about Vovkovinskiy.

“Well, you know, I feel good about it,” Bell said Monday night. "I knew that there was someone taller than me in this country.

“This has been a glorious 2 1/2 years of holding this title, and I’m happy that he has it.”

Earlier this month a British television crew arranged a meeting between Bell and Turkey’s Sultan Kosen, the world’s tallest living man at 8-1. Both men have a medical condition which causes an excess of growth hormone during childhood.

The 27-year-old Vovkovinskiy is originally from Ukraine but moved to Minnesota with his mother when he was 7 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.


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    revCCBeasley

    over 3 years ago

    2944 Comments

    Man

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    Wow and I thought one of my old co-workers was tall at 6'8"... nevermind!

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    Djfludd

    about 4 years ago

    230 Comments

    SWAT0629 I've been here going on 3 years and I have'nt figured that out yet. Come to think of it I've never seen him in one cause of we work opposite shifts i always see him at shift change or roll call.

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    rhood

    about 4 years ago

    23592 Comments

    He is a good officer and great to work with, a very humble and careing man.

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    KAICHARESE

    about 4 years ago

    2762 Comments

    lol, bet hes intimidating when he goes on patrol....

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    Perl

    about 4 years ago

    1498 Comments

    I bet he loves the Chevy Impala or the Dodge Chargers. LOL
    ~Wf

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    DALLASCRANE

    about 4 years ago

    19382 Comments

    You definitely have people look up to you. He must keep the big and tall shop in business.

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    SuzanneNGa

    about 4 years ago

    16562 Comments

    OMG, that Deputy is over 2 feed taller than me! Wowza LOL

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    talgwiez

    about 4 years ago

    118 Comments

    i need a few extra inches hehe

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    Irishcop1961

    about 4 years ago

    50482 Comments

    That's a tough one big guy.

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    Jonas

    about 4 years ago

    42222 Comments

    What can I add?? LOL!!!

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    SERT0629

    about 4 years ago

    474 Comments

    Out of curiosity, how does he fit into his patrol unit?

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    Sorry bro...

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    BigNTS

    about 4 years ago

    6822 Comments

    I know I'll always look up to Deputy Bell.. :)

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    OFFICER_K_CPD

    about 4 years ago

    2296 Comments

    A bigger fish lol.

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