Two centenarians in Vietnam may set the world new record as the oldest living men if their records can be verified by the Vietnam Records Organisation (Vietkings).

Vietkings is searching for official documents proving the age of Y Y’Ndong, an ethnic M’Nong who is believed to be 116 years old this year and currently living in the central highlands province of Dak Nong, and 114-year-old Nguyen Cu, a resident in the central city of Da Nang.

The organisation also plans to ask the Guinness World Records to recognise Nguyen Thi Tru, a 121-year-old woman from Ho Chi Minh City as the oldest living woman in the world.

Nguyen Thi Tru, born on May 4, 1893, was first recognized as the oldest living person in the country in 2011. She is residing in Da Phuoc communes, Binh Chanh district.

The Guinness World Records currently recognises a 116-year-old woman and a 111-year-old man, both Japanese, as the oldest living woman and man in the world.

However, Le Tran Truong An, Vietkings General Manager, said the search for official documents to prove the age of the centenarians currently faces difficulties as some of the elderly people were not able to keep their papers throughout the two wars that swept through the country over the past century.-VNA