Svetlana Pankratova (born April 29, 1971) has, according to Guinness World Records, the worlds Longest Legs amongst all women.
While she is not the world’s tallest woman, her legs are 132 centimetres (4 ft 4 in) long. Because her upper body is of much more typical dimensions, she is 1.956 m (6 ft 5 in) tall. She has also very large feet, size 13 (US) / 46 (EU).
Pankratova was born in Volgograd, Russian SFSR, USSR. She played women’s basketball at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, USA, from 1992 to 1995. She was an impact player, setting two school records which are still unbroken:
No. 1 ⁃ Career Blocked Shots, 1992–95 (176) No. 1 ⁃ Single Season Total Blocked Shots, 1994–95 (75) No. 8 ⁃ Single Season Field Goals, 1994–95 (178)
Pankratova appeared in Trafalgar Square in London on September 16, 2008 with He Pingping, then the smallest man in the world (before his death in March, 2010), to promote the 2009 edition of the Guinness World Records. Along with her native Russian, Pankratova speaks English and some Spanish.
On March 11, 2013 it was reported that Pankratova returned to Virginia after marrying local resident Jack Gosnell. She accepted a position as an assistant coach for the George Mason High girls’ basketball team.
when she was around 12 or 13 years old she got her break in basketball.
After she graduated high school, Ms Pankratova played with a college team in Russia for a year before being recruited by Virginia Commonwealth University.
During her time with the women’s team she scored two school world records for the most blocked shots in a career (176) and in a single season (75) which she still holds today.
She went onto play basketball in Portugal, Israel, and Spain, where she retired and settled in 2000.
In 2002 one of her friends saw a news story featuring a Brit who claimed to have the world’s longest legs for a woman and suggested that Ms Pankratova should put in a claim.
For six years she tried to verify that she had the longer legs and finally in 2009 she made it into the Guinness Book of World Records.
The media tour took her to the UK and across the U.S.
‘I never thought about it when I was growing up. I just never paid attention to my legs,’ she added.