Svetlana Pankratova, Russian Woman With The World's Longest Legs, Is Basketball Coach In North Virginia (PICTURES)

12/03/2013 16:57 | Updated 12 March 2013

If you’re on the stumpy side, you might want to avoid standing next to Svetlana Pankratova – who boasts the world’s longest pair of legs.

Svetlana’s pins are a whopping 4ft, 4in long, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, which, we imagine, makes buying jeans a royal pain in the backside.

At her full height, the Russian-born Amazon measures 6ft, 5in tall, and is, fittingly, a basketball coach in Falls Church, North Virginia.

Scroll down for more pictures of Svetlana and other record holders
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Svetlana Pankratova has the world's longest legs

For her Guinness entry photo, Svetlana is seen perched on the steps of London’s National Gallery of Art, somewhat randomly in the company of the World’s Smallest Man – He Pingping, who in some shots, appears to have no choice other than to peer up her skirt. (Btw He Pingping died in 2010.)

Svetlana is also linked to another world record holder – that of Annie Hawkins-Turner – who lives just a couple of miles away from her in Northern Virginia.

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Annie Hawkins-Turner, aka Norma Stitz, has the world's largest natural breasts

Anyway, back to the subject at hand: last week Svetlana explained to the Falls Church News-Register how it felt growing up with such long limbs.

Despite the jibes, Svetlana remained seemingly oblivious to what her genetic advantage could do for her.


In retrospect, Pankratova gained a new perspective on how long her legs were. She recently looked at an old photo taken of her at 12 or 13 with her basketball team and noticed that her legs came up to her teammates’ shoulders. That was around the time she got her start in basketball.

Use it, don’t lose it kids.

PS, Here's a 2008 video of Panktrova with the world's smallest man, He Pingping.

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