A British athlete who measures at 7 foot 7 inches has been named Britain’s tallest man.
Paul Sturgess, 29, already held the title for the world’s tallest basketball player and eats a staggering 7,000 calories a day to keep himself healthy.
Mr Sturgess, from Loughborough, Leicestershire, assumes the title following the death of Game of Thrones actor Neil Fingleton, who died in February from heart failure.
The professional sportsman, who plays for Harlem Globetrotters in the United States, is 231.8cm tall and enjoys free first class upgrades on flights because of his height.
Weighing 24 and a half stone, Mr Sturgess is also too big for a king sized bed and is famed for his ‘standing dunk’ on the basketball court.
He wears sized 19 shoes and said: ‘I was always the tallest in my class, but never by much.
‘I was a pretty average sized baby, weighing 9lbs, so I wasn’t massive but my mum did say I had really long legs.
‘I hit 6ft when I was 15, and that’s when I had my really big growth spurt and mum took me to the doctors.
‘By the time I was 17 I was 7ft, and I just got taller and taller.’
Doctors confirmed Mr Sturgess’ unusual height is genetic, although his mum is a titch by comparison at just 5ft 6ins.
His dad is 6ft 7ins and the other men in his family are all over 6ft, although Paul is the first one to go over 7ft.
For Mr Sturgess, his height always made him popular in school and he was rarely criticised.
He started playing basketball at school before bagging a lucrative scholarship in the United States at Mountain State University in West Virginia.
Mr Sturgess – who is nicknamed Tiny – said: ‘A couple of friends in college suggested I try basketball, and I got the bug for it straight away.
‘I knew I had an immediate advantage and a lot of opportunities came my way, like being scouted.
‘I can grab the basketball net from the floor and I do a standing dunk which has sort of become my trademark move.'