Even though it was Kläbo and Alexander Bolshunov who were in the eye of the storm when the five miles turned into washing dishes, protest, counter-protest, the appeal and so yesterday a withdrawal of the appeal on the initiative of Kläbo who was first in goal, Iversen was thrown into turbulence.
- It has been an extreme move.
I really tried to log out and relax.
I have tried to get a grip on what happened and tried to enjoy.
I have tried to take life in stride, drink some red wine and eat good food.
I have tried to land properly and not moved a meter since I got home, says Iversen who was home on Monday night to NRK.
It was only yesterday that he could certainly call himself world champion.
"Happy not to live in uncertainty"
- I am happy to avoid living in uncertainty.
It would have been painful to have to wait for months.
What would I say when people called me world champion?
Now it is a first place and it will be easier to meet people.
It's a nice feeling, says Iversen.
Kläbo was mentally exhausted after five miles and only yesterday was able to meet the press and explain why he turned around and withdrew his appeal.
- I have kept in touch with him in recent days.
It has, of course, been extremely difficult for him.
Although I also think it has been difficult, it is much worse for him, says Iversen.
"He gave me the gold"
Iversen thinks that Kläbo won on other levels - without getting the gold around his neck.
- It would not have been the same thing to become world champion this summer after it became a lawsuit.
The most important thing for Kläbo was what he got to show in the race.
He has now shown himself from a great side, all credit and thanks for that.
It helped me a lot that he actually treated me to the gold.