- Bob Weighton, from the UK, has been officially confirmed as the oldest male person living
- The old man was 112 years and 1 day as of March 30, 2020
- The certificate was presented to him from a safe distance to celebrate this remarkable milestone
- The evidence was scrutinised by Guinness World Records Senior Gerontology Consultant Robert Young
- Bob received the record title after Chitetsu Watanabe passed away on February 23, 2020, at 112 years and 355 days
A Hampshire resident has been officially recognised as the world’s oldest man by Guinness World Records.
Bob Weighton, the world's oldest man, turned 112 on Sunday, March 29.
Born in 1908, he is the same age as Inter Milan Football Club and pre-dates Selfridges department store and the beatification of Joan of Arc.
As young Robert came into this world, Herbert Asquith was still a week from becoming British prime minister, and King Edward VII had two more years to live.
Here we take a look at some of the little-known events that have happened on the birthdays of Weighton, as he enjoys this one at his home in Alton, Hampshire.
Bob Weighton, was presented with his certificate by staff at the assisted living home where he lives while keeping the appropriate distance because he is isolating.
A spokeswoman for Guinness World Records said that because of the COVID-19 outbreak, its officials were not able to reach Weighton to hand over the certificate in person.
“Adhering to current UK rules around social distancing, we were unable to meet Bob in person as we normally would," she said.
"Instead, the assisted living home where he lives presented him with his certificate, all from a safe distance," she added.
Guinness World Records said its senior gerontology consultant, Robert Young, had been scrutinising all available evidence.
This was after the previous title holder, Chitetsu Watanabe, a farmer from Japan, died on 23 February at 112 years and 355 days.
“I can not say I was pleased to hear the previous holder had died but I am very pleased that I’ve been able to live so long and make so many friends,” Weighton said on receiving the record.
Weighton lived through the 1918-20 Spanish flu pandemic and has had serious medical operations but, like most, he has never endured self-isolation.
“It is bizarre. I’ve never experienced anything like coronavirus before. I’m a bit frustrated but then again I’ve been in situations where you just had to accept what was happening," he said.
Legit.ng previously reported that World's oldest man, Chitetsu Watanabe, has died in Japan at the age of 112.
Watanabe died on Sunday, February 23, with his death being announced on Tuesday, February 25 by the Niigata prefecture government.
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