Had the race been under 27 (by the way, no Olympic final has ever gone faster than 27:00. If it were, the two guys who finished first and second would still have finished first and second. They are the best at the distance in the world at present. They are both in the best shape of their lives and both could run personal bests right now in the 10k should they be motivated to try and found the right race with the right pacing.
Exactly. No strategic change would have made a difference for the gold or silver, it's pretty clear that the only way for anything other than a Farah/Rupp 1-2 would have been for one of them to make a tactical mistake.
Do some of you guys really think Kenenisa could have frontrun a 26:30 that night? Even at his prime that would have been a tall order, and even then he could have had Farah and possibly even Rupp on his shoulder.