Rio Olympics 2016: Spectacular opening ceremony kickstarts sport's biggest carnival

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Fireworks explode over the Maracana Stadium during the opening ceremony. Getty Images

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The Olympic cauldron is lit by Jorge Alderto de Oliveira Gomes in front of the Candelaria church in central Rio de Janeiro. Reuters

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Fireworks explode during the opening ceremony. Reuters

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A general view of the Maracana stadium. AP

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Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics 2016. AP

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Former Brazilian marathon runner Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima holds the Olympic torch before lighting the cauldron at the opening ceremony. Reuters

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Fireworks explode during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium. Getty Images

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Athletes carry the Olympic flag during the opening ceremony. Reuters

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The Olympic couldron is lit and the 2016 Games are officially underway! Getty Images


Updated Date: Aug 06, 2016 10:22 AM

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