Kerri Walsh Jennings greet players participating in a "Legend's Classics" match after her team defeated Brazil in the women's beach volleyball bronze medal game. AP Photo/Petr David Josek


   Beach volleyball celebrated its past in between the medal games with an exhibition contest between former Brazilian greats and their world counterparts.
   This was the 20th anniversary of the sport in the Olympics with the first match played in the 1996 Atlanta Games.
   The Legend's Classic was held to "recognize the legends and the iconic players that have helped the sport to grow with their contribution to the Olympic Movement," said FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graca.
   American greats Randy Stoklos and Sinjin Smith, who won the first ever beach volleyball event in Rio in 1987 helped lead the world team to a 21-13 victory in the one set 6-on-6 match.
   "There's no better home than being in Rio De Janeiro, the home of beach volleyball," Stoklos said before the match. 
   The first point was briefly interrupted as Kerri Walsh Jennings, who just won a bronze medal, went onto the court and hugged all the former stars.
   From there the world team took control. The two teams will play again Thursday in between the men's medal matches.