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Svetlana Pankratova, Woman with Longest Legs in World, is Now Basketball Coach

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A woman with the longest legs in the world is now a high school basketball coach in Virginia.

Falls Church News-Press report said Svetlana Pankratova, who was named in 2003 by Guinness World Record as having the longest female legs, took a job as an assistant coach for the girls’ basketball team at George Mason High School.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity for me to work with them,” she said, standing at 6’5”. “Because I stopped playing basketball...it was great to get back to basketball and I really do enjoy it and it brings all the nice memories back and I just enjoy giving them what I know to help them any way I can.”

Her legs are nearly 4 feet 4 inches long, and they helped her succeed as a basketball player in her younger years, first in Russia and then at Virginia Commonwealth University.

And Pankratova couldn’t have chosen a better team, as the George Mason girls’ basketball team is known for being a “powerhouse.”

They have won three of the last four state championships in Virginia A-Division 2, and made it to the semi-finals again this year but were defeated in a final four game last week.

“No one’s going to feel sorry for us,” head coach LaBryan Thomas said. “Because we’ve been here so many times. But this one hurts.”

Many of the people who held the title for tallest person in the world were involved in basketball. Yao Defen, who held the title of world’s tallest woman until she died last year, played basketball as a young girl.

Sultan Kosen, who is currently the world’s tallest man, was recruited to play for a professional basketball team in Turkey. But because he has acromegaly, he was left unable to walk without help, and so he could not become a successful player.

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