Rail trial: 1st train from JHB to Maputo
8 feet 0.75 inches (245.7 cm)
Gabriel Monjane (born Gabriel Estêvão Monjane 1944 – 1990) is one of only 16 individuals in medical history to have reached 8 feet or more in height.
Born in Manjacaze, Mozambique, Gabriel Monjane’s abnormal growth, attributed to an overactive pituitary gland, started soon after birth. By the time he was 17, Gabriel Monjane stood 7 feet 10 inches. He joined a Portuguese circus around this age, and was billed as 8 feet 8.3 inches. When measured officially in 1987, Gabriel Monjane was attributed with the height of 8 feet and three quarters of an inch. He also weighed 29 stone and 12 lbs (418 lb).
During his lifetime, especially late into his life, Monjane suffered leg problems and was once crippled after falling and breaking his hip.
The Guinness Book of Records stated that he was the tallest living man in their 1988 edition. Gabriel Monjane died in January 1990 after a fall at his home (supposedly from the stairs), after which Suleiman Ali Nashnush, another African, became the tallest living man.