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  1. Former marathon runner Vanderlei de Lima lights the Olympic cauldron
  2. 207 teams parade at the Maracana Stadium
  3. Andy Murray carries GB flag
  4. New refugee team given great reception
  5. Russia receive mixed reception

Live Reporting

By Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

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  1. Highlights of a spectacular show

  2. Checking out

    Well, that was a long old night for us back in the UK. We hope you enjoyed that, and later on Saturday the real stuff begins.

    Bring on the live sport!

    I shall see you then. Good night/good morning one and all...

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    Alex Haworth: Thought that was a good opening ceremony to be honest. Way better than London 2012 in my opinion.

    Ali Clarke: Superbly hypnotically beautiful sculpture surrounding the #OlympicFlame#Brazil#Rio2016    Good luck & well played.

  4. 'You don't have to spend'

    Michael Johnson

    Four-time Olympic gold medallist athlete on BBC One

    The opening ceremony truly reflected the culture of Brazil and Rio. There was focus on environment and sustainability but it was full of passion.

    People like sport and enjoy life here. Coming from America, we are exactly the opposite which is work, work, work.

    It was reflected beautifully in a simple way. They didn't spend as much money as Beijing or London and it proves you don't have to spend to make something spectacular.

  5. The Olympic flame

    Olympic flame

    It's a beautiful thing. 

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  7. 'A passion for living'

    Michael Johnson

    Four-time Olympic gold medallist athlete on BBC One

    The opening ceremony truly reflected the very culture of Brazil. It was very simple but passionate. The people of Brazil have a passion for living!

  8. The flame speaks out

  9. Shiny disco ball

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    Pottiella: Olympic flame well worth the ridiculous wait the past 40mins - minimalistic, beautiful and thoughtful

    Liz Carlisle: Think the budget was mostly spent on led graphics and fireworks. But my, the cauldron is stunning

    Kyle Scott: Flashback to 2004 Athens Marathon right there! Wow! What a moment #Rio2016

  11. BOOOM!


    A massive flash of fireworks ends the night in Rio. The sculpture around the flame is really quite something. 

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    Remember the name?

    Brazilian Vanderlei de Lima is best known for an extraordinary moment in the 2004 Olympics.

    He was winning the marathon by a huge distance of some 20-30 seconds when a defrocked Irish priest Cornelius "Neil" Horan tackled him and he only won bronze.

    Read all about it. 

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    More fireworks, the flame is lit and the Games are officially open!

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    The flame is in a cauldron of sorts, which is lifted high into the Rio sky to meet a huge sculpture by the artist Anthony Howe, representing the sun, the source of energy that the Games progamme says 'we should exploit.'

  15. FLAME LIT!


    And now it's handed on to marathon runner Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima - WHO LIGHTS THE FLAME!

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    Gustavo Kuerten now passes the flame to a female basketball player Hortência Marcari...

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    Gustavo Kuerten looks hugely emotional here. What an honour, what a moment. 

  18. Light the cauldron!

    Here comes three-time French Open winner Gustavo Kuerten! He's got the Olympic flame firmly in his grasp...

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  20. Wow!

    Badminton player Gabby Adcock's beaming smile says it all.