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Rio 2016 Olympics kicks off with glittery opening ceremony

  • Jorge Alberto Oliveira Gomes lights the Olympic cauldron during the opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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    Jorge Alberto Oliveira Gomes lights the Olympic cauldron during the opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

  • Thousands of people joined an open air party here to mark the opening of 31st Olympics, the first to be held in South America and only the third to take place in the southern hemisphere.
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    Thousands of people joined an open air party here to mark the opening of 31st Olympics, the first to be held in South America and only the third to take place in the southern hemisphere.

  • Abhinav Bindra, the Olympic champion shooter, was the flag bearer for India. Over twenty officials also joined the contingent.
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    Abhinav Bindra, the Olympic champion shooter, was the flag bearer for India. Over twenty officials also joined the contingent.

  • Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima lit the Olympic flame during the opening ceremony.
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    Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima lit the Olympic flame during the opening ceremony.

  • In a beautiful display of light and colours, Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima lit the Olympic flame.
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    In a beautiful display of light and colours, Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima lit the Olympic flame.

  • In what is a key part of an opening ceremony at the Olympics, Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima lit the flame to a loud cheer.
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    In what is a key part of an opening ceremony at the Olympics, Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima lit the flame to a loud cheer.

  • The members of the Indian contingent walk at the opening ceremony. The contingent saw most of the athletes but the tennis players, archers and wrestlers winners.
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    The members of the Indian contingent walk at the opening ceremony. The contingent saw most of the athletes but the tennis players, archers and wrestlers winners.

  • The most populous country in the world China at the Parade. They will be hoping to win the most medals like they did in Beijing.
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    The most populous country in the world China at the Parade. They will be hoping to win the most medals like they did in Beijing.

  • It's Jamaica and it's not possible they will have something distinguished in their entry. The Jamaican athletes enter the Rio 2016 Olympics ceremony.
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    It's Jamaica and it's not possible they will have something distinguished in their entry. The Jamaican athletes enter the Rio 2016 Olympics ceremony.

  • Athletes from Japan march in during the opening ceremony of Rio 2016 Olympics.
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    Athletes from Japan march in during the opening ceremony of Rio 2016 Olympics.

  • Greece athletes made their way in the opening in one of the most elegant fashion they could have.
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    Greece athletes made their way in the opening in one of the most elegant fashion they could have.

  • Flagbearer Rose Nathike Lokonyen (ROT) of the Refugee Olympic Athletes led the contingent during the Rio 2016 Olympic opening ceremony
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    Flagbearer Rose Nathike Lokonyen (ROT) of the Refugee Olympic Athletes led the contingent during the Rio 2016 Olympic opening ceremony

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