THE world's tallest man was brought down to size today as he visited a primary school.
The 29-year-old Turkish farmer impressed teachers and pupils by "placing" a ball in a basketball hoop while barely having to stretch.
He then signed autographs and held a question-and-answer session at Saint Michael's R.C. School in Twickenham, South West London.
Pupils crooked their necks to stare up at the giant, who walks with a stick and is almost three times their size.
He visited the 400 pupils after they won a competition run by the Guinness World Records Educational Programme.
Sultan said: "Some people don't know what to do when they meet me but everyone at St Michael's has been so friendly and warm.
"I wanted to share with kids it's OK to be different."
Year six teacher Ruth Foley said: "The children were all in absolute awe of Sultan, he is lovely, like a gentle giant.
"This memorable experience will stay with us all for the rest of our lives."
Sultan's hands measure a massive 10.8ins across and his feet are 13.7ins long, which are also world records.
He is one of only ten people ever to top 8ft and the first in a decade.
He became the world's tallest man in August 2009, when he shot past China's 7ft 9in Bao Xishun.
Sultan suffers from a rare disorder called pituitary gigantism, which causes his body to continually produce the growth hormone.
His condition is believed to have been caused by a tumour in the pituitary gland.
Doctors thought they had cured him in 2008 when they removed the tumour but he continued to grow by half an inch a year.
The Sun told earlier this week that medics believe he has finally stopped growing following groundbreaking treatment in the US.
When other children were little more than 4ft, Sultan was already well over 6ft. His family are all a "normal" size.
Sultan last visited the UK two years ago, when he said: "The kids used to tease me and I found that very difficult.
"But now I am really proud of being tall."
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