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Rio 2016 opening ceremony (Getty)
Rio 2016 opening ceremony (Getty)

Rio de Janeiro - The Maracana Stadium sparkled in all its historic glory on Friday night (Saturday morning, SA time) as the 2016 Rio Olympics were opened in stunning fashion. 

There was no Pele - the Brazilian football legend's ill health prevented him from lighting the Olympic flame - but the show went on. 

Almost 5 000 performers took centre stage to pull off a production that relied heavily on new technology in the form of lighting and graphics.

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