Andy Murray flies the flag for Team GB in spectacular Olympics opening ceremony


A beaming Andy Murray has led Team GB's Olympic hopefuls into the Maracana as the 2016 Rio Games officially opened to great fanfare.

The cavernous stadium was a spectacle of sound and colour as Brazil welcomed the first of the 206 guest nations competing in the 31st summer games.

Murray, the defending Olympic champion and two-time Wimbledon winner, held the Union Jack aloft with his left arm - after appearing to struggle with the pole in practice - followed by the British contingent of athletes and Team GB members.

Wearing red, white and blue, the squad soaked up the carnival atmosphere, with some taking selfies while all waved to the crowds.