London - South African swimming star Natalie du Toit bowed out with a silver medal in her final race before retiring as she was beaten into second place in the women's 100m S9 freestyle at the London Paralympics.

Du Toit bade farewell with 13 Paralympic gold medals to her name, including three won in the Aquatics Centre in east London.

Fourth at the turn, the South African swam the two lengths in 1:03.45 and was beaten by Australia's Ellie Cole, who clocked 1:02.77.

Sarai Gascon of Spain took the bronze in a time of 1:03.62. - Sapa-AFP