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Meet Mehrzad, the tallest Paralympian of all time

Published 1531 GMT (2331 HKT) September 15, 2016
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Iran's tallest man, sitting volleyball player Morteza Mehrzadselakjani stands with teammates before a preliminary match against Ukraine Wednesday. YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
At eight feet one inch, Mehrzad is head and shoulders above his teammates and fellow Rio 2016 Paralympians. YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
Suffering from a rare condition caused by excess growth hormone, Mehrzad's right leg is six inches shorter than the left, making it difficult for him to walk. YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
But on the sitting volleyball court, Mehrzad's height gives him a distinct advantage. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images
Sitting down, his outstretched arms reach more than six feet from the ground. Matthew Stockman/Getty
Having only joined the national team in March, Mehrzad is being trained "step by step", Iranian coach Hadi Rezaeigarkani told Rio2016.com. Raphael Dias/Getty Images
Within two years time, Rezaeigarkani hopes he can "be the best." Raphael Dias/Getty
The top-ranked Iranian sitting volleyball team has won five golds and two silvers in its seven Paralympic appearances. Raphael Dias/Getty