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The Long and Short of it

Svetlana Pankratova (born April 29, 1971) has, according to Guinness World Records, the longest legs of any woman in the world.

While she is not the world’s tallest woman, her legs are 132 centimetres (4 ft 4 in) long. Because her upper body is of much more typical dimensions, she is 1.956 m (6 ft 5 in) tall. She has also very large feet, size 13 (US) / 46 (EU).

Pankratova was born in Volgograd, Russia. She played women’s basketball at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VirginiaUSA, from 1992 to 1995. She was an impact player, setting two school records which are still unbroken.

Pankratova appeared in Trafalgar Square in London on September 16, 2008 with He Pingping, then the smallest man in the world (before his death in March, 2010), to promote the 2009 edition of the Guinness World Records. Trafalgar Square routinely serves as a stage for mimes, jugglers and other acts, but the tourist attraction drew an exceptionally curious crowd  when the shortest man who can walk met the woman with the longest legs.

He Pingping, of China,  born with a type of dwarfism and just 74.61cm (2ft 5.37in) tall, posed on steps in London’s Trafalgar Square with Russian Svetlana Pankratova, whose legs have been measured at 132cm (4ft 3.9in) – almost twice his height.

He described Svetlana Pankratova’s legs as “very beautiful”, but was thinking as ever of his girlfriend back in Inner Mongolia. He said through an interpreter: “I always miss her when I’m not with her.”

Pictures of them in Trafalgar Square:

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Watch a tribute to Pingping here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_l1iDgkJN8




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